Events

A Symposium on Public Education

  • Friday, March 3, 2017
  • 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Conversation begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • University of Houston – Downtown, Academic Building
    1 Main St., Houston, TX 77002
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The Texas Tribune is pleased to present a daylong symposium on public education in Texas. Topics of discussion will include public education and the Legislature; school choice in the 85th session; assessment and accountability; and special education.

Public Ed and the Legislature

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House Public Education Committeestate Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, chairman of the Senate Education Committee; and moderated by Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune

School Choice in the 85th

State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, member of the House Public Education CommitteeMike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP Public SchoolsCharles Foster Johnson, executive director of Pastors for Texas ChildrenRandan Steinhauser, policy specialist for Texans for Education Opportunityand moderated by Aliyya Swaby, public education reporter for The Texas Tribune

Testing, Standards and Accountability

Richard Carranza, superintendent of the Houston Independent School DistrictCourtney L. Boswell, executive director of Texas AspiresLouis Malfaro, president of Texas American Federation of TeachersTheresa Trevino, president of the board for Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessmentand moderated by Aliyya Swaby, public education reporter for The Texas Tribune

Special Education in Texas

Steven Aleman, policy specialist for Disability Rights TexasBonnie Garza, special education advocateDeena Hill, executive director of special education for the Fort Bend Independent School DistrictJim Walsh, school district attorney at Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C.Dana Wrann, special education teacher for the San Antonio Independent School District; and moderated by Brian Rosenthal, Austin bureau reporter for the Houston Chronicle

A Conversation with Former Education Commissioners Jim Nelson and Robert Scott

Jim Nelson, former Texas Education CommissionerRobert Scott, former Texas Education Commissioner; and moderated by Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune

This event will take place in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium located on the 3rd floor of the Academic Building at the University of Houston–Downtown. It is free and open to the public and will include a light breakfast and bites throughout the day. Paid parking is available in the Welcome Center Garage (201 Girard St., map). The Welcome Center Garage is located at the corner of Travis and Girard Streets. Take Travis Street to Girard, make a right and you’ll see the garage entrance. Additional parking is available at nearby metered parking lots (parking information – parking is not included with registration).


The Tribune's symposia are modeled on the celebrated Texas Tribune Festival. These one-day, one-topic events bring together experts to present and generate productive conversations on major issues of the day.

This event is presented by the Walton Family Foundation and supported by the Texas Association of School Business Officials, ETS, Educate Texas, Texas State Technical College, the Harris County Department of Education, Thompson & Horton LLP and Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Texas Tribune Events. This event is hosted by the University of Houston-Downtown and media support is provided by Houston Public Media and Houston Press. Foundation support is provided by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, the Meadows Foundation and the Burdine Johnson Foundation. Tribune events are also supported through contributions from our founding investors and members.

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