School Choice Without Vouchers: Thomas Finneran to Address Pioneer Institute/Boston University Forum Exploring How Tax Credits Could Provide Better Education to Students Who Need it Most
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Boston – While efforts to offer Massachusetts families more school choice have stalled, other states have moved ahead, implementing innovative tax deductions and credit programs. By lowering barriers to private education, these programs open a new door for students trapped in underperforming public schools.
Pioneer Institute, in collaboration with the Boston University School of Education, will host an event on Friday, October 5 to address the potential of state tax benefits to make private schools more affordable for low-income families. Former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Thomas Finneran will be the keynote speaker. Additionally, University of Chicago Professor William Howell will discuss a new Pioneer Institute White Paper, School Choice Without Vouchers, which he co-authored with Mindy Spencer of the University of Massachusetts’ Donahue Institute.
“Our schools have made enormous progress since passage of the Education Reform Act of 1993, but chronic problems persist, indicating our students’ need for more school options,” said James Stergios, executive director of Pioneer Institute. “Statewide achievement gains have been impressive, but progress has been slow for low income and minority students, whose families have waited decades for change. We can’t wait another generation – we owe it to them and ourselves to harness this untapped resource.”
Thomas Finneran is the former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and was member of the House of Representatives from 1979 to 2004. From 2004 to 2007 he was the President of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, and he is currently a talk show host for WRKO radio.
William Howell is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School. In addition to his research on American political institutions, he has written on a wide variety of education policy initiatives, including school vouchers, charter schools, and the No Child Left Behind Act.
Following their individual remarks, Finneran and Howell will be joined by Cornelius Chapman, an attorney with Burns & Levinson LLP in Boston, for a panel discussion. Chapman serves as co-chair of the firm’s Schools and Colleges Group and is founder of the Coalition for Parental Choice in Education, which promotes the expansion of school choice in Massachusetts. The panel will be moderated by Paul Peterson, Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University.
Pioneer Institute is a non-partisan public policy think tank committed to keeping Massachusetts economically competitive and to strengthening the core values of an open society. To inspire market-driven policy reforms, Pioneer promotes individual freedom and responsibility and limited, accountable government. The Institute has changed the intellectual climate in Massachusetts by commissioning timely and rigorous academic studies from leading scholars. Pioneer injects new ideas into the public debate through forums and lectures, transcripts, the media, and outreach to legislators, business groups and the general public.
Boston University School of Education provides comprehensive teacher preparation to students in more than 20 concentrations and maintains a variety of collaborative agreements with school districts in the greater Boston area. SED is one of Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges. Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States.
Date: Friday, October 5, 2007
Time: 1:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: BU School of Education, Two Sherborn Street, Room 130
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