Oct 25 2018, 8:30 AM EDT

Equity, Quality, and Access: How Do We Create Schools Worth Choosing for All?

Co-Sponsored by Learning Policy Institute and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Thursday, October 25, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Conference Center • Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Join the conversation #GoodSchools4All

At the core of the school choice debate is a principle that nearly all Americans share: All children should attend quality schools worth choosing. On October 25, 2018, join us for a forum to take a deep look at how we can create systems to make this principle a reality. The forum will feature the release of a new Learning Policy Institute report, The Tapestry of American Public Education: How Do We Create Schools Worth Choosing for All?, which provides data on the status of public school choice and considers the conditions necessary to provide all children with access to high-quality educational experiences.

The forum is designed to spur dialogue among stakeholders—parents, education experts, community advocates, researchers, legal advocates, policymakers, and school leaders—in order to shift the public narrative on school choice from one that is politically polarizing to one that is focused on evidence-based solutions that can help ensure all children have access to quality educational opportunities, regardless of race, income, or ability. This is the first of a series of events that the Learning Policy Institute and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, are hosting to discuss evidence-based approaches that can create schools worth choosing for all. Please join us for a timely discussion of these issues.


  • John Brittain, Acting Dean, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke Law School
  • Mohammed Choudhury, Chief Innovation Officer, San Antonio Independent School District
  • Peter Cookson, Jr., Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Nicole Dooley, Policy Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Ashley Griffin, Director of P-12 Research, The Education Trust
  • Luis A. Huerta, Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Robin Lake, Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
  • Julie Mead, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Charmaine Mercer, Program Officer, Hewlett Foundation
  • Jonathan Raymond, President, Stuart Foundation
  • Patrick Shields, Executive Director, Learning Policy Institute
  • Claire E. Sylvan, Founder and Senior Strategic Advisor, Internationals Network for Public Schools 

Additional panelists to be added.

Seating is limited and prompt RSVPs are recommended.
Questions? Please contact events@learningpolicyinstitute.org.