On The Road: A Symposium on Public Education

  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Baker Institute
    Rice University, Houston, TX 77005 (map)
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The Tribune is pleased to partner with Rice University's Baker Institute on a daylong symposium on the state of public education in Texas. 

Public Education and the 83rd Legislature

State Sen. DAN PATRICK, R-Houston, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and state Rep. JIMMIE DON AYCOCK, R-Killeen, chairman of the House Public Education Committee


Building A Better Teacher

ROD PAIGE, former U.S. Secretary of Education; GAYLE FALLON, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers; ELISA VILLANUEVA BEARD, chief operating officer of Teach for America; LINDA MCSPADDEN MCNEIL, director of Rice University Center for Education and professor of education

Choice and Charters  

DAVID ANTHONY, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas; CAPRICE YOUNG, vice president of education at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation; DUNCAN KLUSSMANN, superintendent of the Spring Branch ISD; ROSEMARY PERLMETER, co-founder and CEO of Teaching Trust, founder of Uplift Education

A Conversation about Rice University

EVAN SMITH and DAVID LEEBRON, president of Rice University


Ex-Commissioner Confidential  



Accountability and Student Testing

MARGARET SPELLINGS, former U.S. Secretary of Education; TOM PAUKEN, Texas workforce commissioner; ROBERT DURON, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency; SUSAN KELLNER, vice president of Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment



Magnolia Hotel Houston is the preferred hotel for this event. Visit their website or call 888-915-1110 for reservations.

This event is generously supported by:

Rice University's Baker Institute
Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice
Educate Texas
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
Houston A+
Harmony Public Schools
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Magnolia Hotel Houston
Texas AFT
Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
Greater Texas Foundation
Raise Your Hand Texas
Texas Association for The Gifted and Talented
Thompson & Horton, LLP

Disclosure: though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite our events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.