ADVISORY: Sen. Patty Murray on Federal Voucher Programs and Implications for Public Schools and Vulnerable Students
Washington, D.C. — Republicans have long touted vouchers as the signature solution to the challenges facing our nation’s public schools, and yesterday, President Donald Trump proposed the first steps toward a $20 billion annual investment in school choice. On Wednesday, March 22, the Center for American Progress will host Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, for keynote remarks focused on the details and implications of President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ voucher proposal.
Many details are still unknown, but this proposal has sparked deep concern among many groups; observers from across party lines believe this proposal could devastate public schools while rewarding corporations and wealthy individuals. Following Sen. Murray’s remarks, a distinguished panel will discuss a number of questions, including: How would a voucher proposal be structured and administered? Who would benefit from such a program? What would be the program’s impact on students and communities, particularly students from disadvantaged communities? What does the research say about the track record of vouchers and of using tax incentives to promote private school vouchers?
Anna Caudill, parent advocate, Tennessee
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Carl Davis, Research Director, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director, The Hamilton Project; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Gaylen Smyer, Superintendent, Cassia County School District; 2017 Idaho Superintendent of the Year; Member, AASA, The School Superintendents Association Governing Board
Neil Campbell, Director of Innovation for K-12 Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm ET-1:30 pm ET
Center for American Progress
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Washington, D.C. 20005
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