October 8 — December 10, 2021
In the period just before the pandemic broke, steady growth in school choice had begun to stall. The political consensus that had generated charter, tax-credit scholarship, and voucher experiments was beginning to fragment.
But the direction of change shifted quickly with the onset of the pandemic. District-run schools diversified their approaches to education by shifting to online and hybrid instruction. Anxious parents also looked for alternatives to district-run schools. Many enrolled their children in charter and private schools or taught them at home. Neighborhood pods, tutors, and new approaches to digital learning suddenly became fashionable. Yet it remains unclear how lasting these developments will be. Is the choice sector expanding once again? Are policymakers and the public at large determined to alter the shape of American education? Is the meaning of school choice undergoing fundamental change? Or will the country’s education system return to traditional forms?
These are some of the questions explored in "School Choice in the Post-Pandemic Era," a virtual webinar series held from Oct. 8 to Dec. 10, 2021.
Agenda & Video
Paul E. Peterson, Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University
Daniel Hamlin, Professor, University of Oklahoma
Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida
What school options should families be offered in the post-pandemic era?
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation for Teachers
Jay Greene, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Is the school choice movement a house divided?
Jim Blew, Co-founder, Defense of Freedom Institute (DFI)
Derrell Bradford, President, 50Can
Robert Enlow, President and CEO, EdChoice
Does the Constitution require school choice?
Michael Bindas, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
Joshua Dunn, Professor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Daniel Suhr, Managing Attorney, Liberty Justice Center
What is driving the demand for digital learning? Is digital learning effective?
Mark Berends, Director, Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Darling-Aduana, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
Michael Horn, Distinguished Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute
Is political support for school choice gaining or losing ground?
Maureen Downey, Columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Beth Hawkins, Senior Writer and National Correspondent, The 74
Alisha Thomas Morgan, Former Georgia State Representative
What does the latest research tell us about school choice in the United States?
Christopher Campos, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Marcus Winters, Associate Professor, Boston University
Patrick Wolf, Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice, University of Arkansas
How does choice in district schools work in practice?
Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District
Robin Lake, Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington
What does the latest research tell us about school choice worldwide?
Eric Bettinger, Professor, Stanford University
Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager, World Bank
Abhijeet Singh, Assistant Professor, Stockholm School of Economics