Day 2 of Classroom Politics: A Symposium on Education Reform

Lisa Alexander, Public Relations Chair for Fireplace, Albany Government Law Review Member

 

Charter or public?  Tenure or no tenure?  Testing or no testing?  These are just some of the questions that the roundtable panelists addressed on the second day of Albany Government Law Review’s symposium, “Classroom Politics: A Symposium on Education Reform.”

The panel, held on Thursday, November 11 in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom, featured a roundtable discussion by five distinguished panelists.  Panelists included Kathy Ahearn, Esq, Partner at Guercio & Guercio; Thomas Carroll, Chair of the Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability and Founder and Chairman of Brighter Choice Charter Schools; Douglas Gerhardt, Member of Harris Beach PLLC; Pauline Kinsella, Executive Director for New York State United Teachers; and Dr. Henry Levin, Ph.D, William H. Kilpatrick Professor of Economics & Education at Columbia University Teacher’s College.  Scott Waldman, Education Reporter for the Albany Times Union, moderated the discussion.

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Charles P. Rose, General Counsel for the United States Department of Education, Offers the Keynote Address at the Symposium on Education Reform

Day 1 of Classroom Politics, Symposium on Education Reform, an event co-hosted by the Albany Government Law Review and the Government Law Center was a success, with the largest audience in Albany Government Law Review’s history. This event was brought together by the Albany Government Law Review’s own Ian Group and Robert Barrows.

The Symposium began with a discussion by Congressman Paul Tonko on education reform where he stressed the need to invest more money in communities where students have high needs and parents have an inability to pay. As a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and subcommittee member for Higher Education and Healthy Families and Communities, it was fitting that Congressman Tonko was the one to open the 2010 Symposium on Education Reform. He was quoted saying “where there’s an economic need- invest!” He discussed his expectations with respect to education reform, including the need that  public schools train their students to succeed in a global economy; tomorrow’s economy.

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