Senior Advisor to Tony Blair to Discuss Educational Accountability and Policy at Boston University

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) — With some underperforming Massachusetts school districts possibly facing state takeover, perhaps England’s model for measuring school accountability is one Massachusetts could consider.

Michael Barber, a senior advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair, will speak on “School Inspection, Accountability, and the Design of School Systems” on Thursday, November 4 at the Boston University School of Management.

Barber’s presentation, sponsored by the Center for School Improvement at Boston University, inaugurates the Edwin J. Delattre lecture series, named for the dean emeritus of BU’s School of Education and a former member of the Massachusetts Board of Education.

As head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Barber oversees health, education, and other public service sectors. Part of his responsibility is to oversee school inspections, which are an integral element of school accountability in England.

Moderated by Charles Glenn, professor of education at Boston University and a former state education official, the lecture will include comments by Kristen McCormack, founder of Boston’s Neighborhood House Charter School and executive-in-residence at the Boston University School of Management. John Silber, BU president emeritus and former chairman of the state Board of Education, will introduce the lecture series. Questions from the audience will follow Barber’s lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Event: “School Accountability, Inspection, and the Design of School Systems”

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2004

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Boston University School of Management
4th Floor
595 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, Mass.