The public education track at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival featured panel discussions on education reform, the algebra II debate, early college high schools and insight from superintendents. Listen to audio from each session:
Texas Tribune reporter Morgan Smith moderated the "What's Next for Education Reform" session, which kicked off the public education track. Panelists included Raise Your Hand Texas CEO David Anthony, Democratic State Board of Education Nominee Erika Beltran, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, Texans for Education Reform Executive Director Julie Linn, state Sen. Royce West and Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
Next up was the "Algebra II Debate," also moderated by Morgan Smith of the Tribune. On the panel were Alief Independent School District Superintendent H.D. Chambers, Texas Association of Business President Bill Hammond, state Rep. Dan Huberty, Texas Education Agency Deputy Executive Commissioner Lizzette González Reynolds and state Rep. Mike Villarreal.
The track's third session, "Why Early College High School Works," was moderated by James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project. The panel included Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District Superintendent Daniel King, South Texas College President Shirley Reed, Greater Texas Foundation President Wynn Rosser, University of Texas at Austin Professor Victor Sáenz, El Paso Community College President William Serrata and University of Texas of the Permian Basin President W. David Watts.
Brian Sweany, editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly, moderated the track's final panel, "Superintendent Confidential." Panelists included superintendents Wanda Bamberg of Aldine ISD, Juan Cabrera of the El Paso ISD, Paul Cruz of Austin ISD, Mike Miles of Dallas ISD and Brian Woods of Northside ISD.