Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. CDT
Cost: Included in Registration
Activity Type: Educational Sessions
Activity ID: NPC188207
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Basic tenets of school choice as well as lessons learned from NOLA's school-choice reforms (which can also make for lively discussions at cocktail parties)
- Implications of school choice for planning and the role for planners in the school-choice debate
- Strategies for bringing the planning perspective to school choice/public ed decision-making
MORE SESSION DETAILS
While the school choice debate has waged for years, it gained national attention when President Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to join his Cabinet and lead the U.S. Department of Education. More than 1.8 million students attend charter schools across the country, and 14 states provide state-funded school vouchers. School choice impacts where schools are located and how students get to school, yet the planning profession has had little impact or influence on any of these decisions. New Orleans has been at the center of the school choice debate. By 2014, all public-school students either attended a charter school or a district school that accepted students from anywhere within the city limits, creating the only all-choice school system in the country. This moderated discussion session, with panelists offering differing perspectives on the school choice debate, is an opportunity for planners to learn about the planning implications of school choice in NOLA. Has it increased segregation? Are schools equitably distributed throughout the city? Do low-income students have improved access to quality schools? The session will answers these questions while providing tips for planners to get more involved in public education in their own communities.
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