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Wednesday, January 8 • 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Local Choice: A New Idea for Freedom in Texas Education

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Texas continues to lag behind other states in the area of school choice, as the 83rd Texas Legislature demonstrated how difficult it is, for a variety of reasons, to bring parental choice to Texas. This panel will examine the potential of local school choice programs, established at a district or regional level, and how such programs might impact Texas students, as well as our education system as a whole.

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James Golsan

Policy analyst for the Center for Education Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation
James Golsan is an education policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He joined the Foundation’s Center for Education Policy in October 2010 and contributes to the following issues: K-12 education growth; public education reform; and private school choice. Prior to joining the Foundation, Golsan completed his Master’s of Arts degree in English at Texas Tech University. His article, “The Detective as Superhero: A... Read More →

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Tom Currah

Senior Advisor and Data Analysis Director, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Tom Currah, Senior Advisor and Data Analysis Director at the Texas Comptroller of  | Public Accounts, has been with the Comptroller’s office since 1999. He has overseen  | dozens of high profile research and data projects, including the Financial Allocation  | Study for Texas (FAST), an examination of academic performance and spending at Texas  | school districts and campuses. He also recently led the team for the Texas... Read More →
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Monty Exter

Lobbyist, The Association of Texas Professional Educators
Monty Exter lobbies both the state legislature and before multiple state agencies on behalf of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the largest educators’ association in Texas and the largest independent educators’ association in the nation. Monty joined ATPE after having served as an ALJ for the Texas Workforce Commission and having worked on the legislative staff of State Representative Mike Villarreal. He... Read More →
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Dr. Matt Ladner

Senior Advisor for Policy and Research, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Dr. Matthew Ladner is the Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He previously served as Vice President of Research and Goldwater Institute. Prior to joining Goldwater, Ladner was director of state projects at the Alliance for School Choice. Ladner has written numerous studies on school choice, charter schools and special education reform and coauthored Report Card on American Education: Ranking... Read More →
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Representative Scott Turner

Texas House of Representatives & Former NFL Player
State Representative Scott Turner, a businessman, national motivational speaker and former NFL  | player, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2012. He represents  | House District 33 which encompasses all of Rockwall County and portions of Collin County.  |   | Rep. Turner’s time in office is focused on fighting for lower taxes on small businesses, recruiting  | and retaining jobs in Texas... Read More →

Wednesday January 8, 2014 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Capitol Ballroom AB

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