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Panel Discussion on Recent State Board of Education Controversies and other Issues facing Texas' Primary Candidates

Wed February 3, 2010 at Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.122

As a lead up to this event, CLASS will host a panel discussion to introduce you to some of the most pressing issues facing the State, specifically current debates at the State Board of Education over the future of Texas' social studies curriculum and school financing, among other things. Three experts on the SBOE controversy will be here to talk about this heated, important issue and to discuss what the candidates are-- or should be-- proposing to do about this issue. David Anderson, of Texas Education Agency (TEA), will present the legal responsibilities of SBOE; and Kathy Miller, of Texas Freedom Network, and Brooke Terry, of Texas Public Policy Foundation, will present different perspectives on the issue.  For bios on the panelists see below.

Don't miss this opportunity to get involved in policy issues facing us right here at home, to become an informed voter, and to hear from policy experts straight from the field on a very timely issue that could alter the future education of Texas' children.

Panelist Bios

David Anderson is the General Counsel for the Texas Education Agency. Since 1994, he has served as the legal advisor for the Commissioner of Education, the State Board of Education, and the agency. Prior to joining the Texas Education Agency, Mr. Anderson was a Special Assistant to Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, Counsel to the Economic Analysis Center of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, and a Hearings Attorney in the Comptroller’s Legal Services Division. Mr. Anderson has been board certified in Administrative Law since 1989 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.   

Kathy Miller is President of Texas Freedom Network (TFN).  Ms. Miller has appeared on Texas and national broadcast media and has testified before the Texas Legislature and Congress. She created and directed a nationally acclaimed public awareness campaign that included television, radio and print advertising and reached thousands of Texas victims of domestic violence and connected them to lifesaving services. She has spent her career focused on mobilizing support for important issues such as women’s reproductive freedom, children’s health care, public education and ending partner violence. Ms. Miller has trained thousands of individuals from Texas and across the nation on media relations, grassroots organizing and mobilizing to combat radical-right political extremism. Ms. Miller was named Best Activist and TFN was voted Best Nonprofit/Activist group by Austin Chronicle Readers in 2009.

Brooke Terry is an Education Policy Analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). The Foundation’s mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach. Ms. Terry has written extensively on the math/science teacher shortage, teacher incentive pay, charter schools, teacher certification, end-of-course assessments, career and technology education, and a host of other k-12 education issues. Her work has been published in numerous publications including the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the San Antonio Express-News and mentioned in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and Education Week. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Terry spent three years on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. working for U.S. Senators Phil Gramm, John Cornyn and Richard Lugar as a legislative assistant.

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