Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Tightening Up Title I 

March 11, 2011, 8:30am – 3:30pm

About This Event

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act of 1965 is the largest school program operated by the Department of Education. Title I began as an antipoverty program whose funds were meant to ameliorate the educational disadvantages of growing up in concentrated poverty. This goal has evolved into a broader responsibility around equity—closing achievement gaps. And Title I has become the pivot point for an education reform movement aiming to bolster U.S. economic competitiveness by promoting higher overall levels of academic achievement.

Through statutes, regulations, and guidance, Title I guides school districts’ and state educational agencies’ behavior. There are undoubtedly ways to align incentives embodied by the program to serve better the complex purpose of Title I.

Please join the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for American Progress for a conference featuring seven new papers that examine fiscal requirements and other provisions around the expenditure of and accounting for Title I funds. The papers draw on existing evidence to develop recommendations for policymakers.

Featured panelists:

Patricia Burch, Associate Professor of Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

Jennifer Cohen, Senior Policy Analyst, New America Foundation

Jon Fullerton, Executive Director, Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Melissa Junge, Esq., Partner, Federal Education Group, PLLC

Karen Mapp, Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Brenda Turnbull, Principal, Policy Studies Associates, Inc.

Martin West, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education


David DeSchryver, Vice President of Education Policy, Whiteboard Advisors

James Guthrie, Senior Fellow and Director of Education Policy Studies, George W. Bush Institute

Paul Manna, Associate Professor, Department of Government & the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, College of William & Mary

Tony Smith, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District

Michael Petrilli, Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Celia Sims, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Richard Burr


Cynthia Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Raegen Miller, Associate Director for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.; lunch, 12:30 p.m.


RSVP for this event For more information, call 202-682-1611


Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

Map & Directions Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

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