Education Policy Workshops at Mosbacher Institute

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The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University is hosting two Education Policy Workshops featuring noted academics who will discuss their current research in the field. The workshops will be held on February 1 and February 23 in the Bush Presidential Library Orientation Theater from 5:30pm to 6:45pm, with receptions to follow.

Lori Taylor, director of the Mosbacher Institute, notes the workshops are designed to increase understanding of the research underlying current education policy and how those policies can affect the nation’s economic future.  

On February 1, Douglas Harris, professor of economics at Tulane University, will speak on how the unprecedented post-Katrina school reforms in New Orleans influenced students’ academic outcomes. Harris holds the Schleider Foundation Chair in Public Education and is director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane. His research explores how the level and equity of student educational outcomes are influenced by education policies such as desegregation, standards, teacher certification, test-based accountability, school choice, privatization, and school finance.

On February 23, Amy Ellen Schwartz will discuss how academic success is shaped by what happens outside the school environment. Schwartz is the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor in Public Affairs at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and director of the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University. Her research interests span a broad range of issues in education policy, urban economics, and public finance.

The lectures are open to the general public as well as to students and faculty from the Bush School and Texas A&M. Those wishing to attend either lecture should respond to the Mosbacher Institute at bush.tamu.edu/mosbacher or (979) 845-1927. Acceptances to the Harris lecture should be made by January 29; acceptances to the Schwartz lecture should be made by February 22.