School Choice: Vouchers, A Compliment or an Assault on Public Education
Monday, Feb. 25th from 1:30p to 3:30p
JHR 110 (Reagan Bldg in Capitol Complex)
TITLE: School Choice: Vouchers as public educational policy:
As we have discussed, the focus of this panel is to explore the prospective US policy that supports the use of vouchers in public education. The panel will present information on what research on vouchers has shown in the United States and in other countries and why this policy should or should not be pursued.
1. Dr. Heilig will give a overview of vouchers, their history, and the adoption of this policy in the United States.
2. Dr. Richard Riddick will respond to the issues presented by Heilig and will outline the research that he and the group have done to assess the value of vouchers as educational policy.
3. Dr. Su Jin Jez will share the findings of the studies done by the group in Chile and their implications for Texas and other states that are contemplating adopting vouchers.
4. Lawrence Allen, SBOE Member, will discuss issues with vouchers in the context of State Education policy in Texas.
5. Dr. Clement Glenn will discuss issues with motivational tools to aid in student achievement.
Dr. Clement Glenn is a tenured associate professor in the College of Education-Graduate Programs at Prairie View A&M University.
He received his Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Management and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, emphasizing Finance, from Prairie View A&M University and PhD in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University. His research continues to focus on holistic education with its aim to educate the whole person (e.g. physical, mental, emotional/spiritual, social and financial dimensions of life).
He has served as a professor for 14 years in the department of Educational Leadership and Counseling with special emphasis on principal certification in conjunction with other roles that includes: coordinator of a family and community violence prevention after-school program in Houston’s fifth ward; a member of the university’s faculty senate; president of the faculty senate; and interim associate vice president for student affairs; and undergraduate student leadership advisor.
Dr. Glenn is the owner of Glenn Educational Consulting, a business that places special emphasis on “SUCCESS” in leadership and citizenship; and personal and professional development, capacity and team-building, motivational speaking from a life perspective, and the eradication of six public school issues: 1) student academic achievement; 2) student discipline; 3) parental involvement; 4) equity; 5) social distance; and 6) learning styles. Additionally, he is the author of a learning resource guide entitled, “Motivate to Educate” and a supplemental guide that addresses and outlines individual and institutional roles in schools and communities entitled, “Success is the Goal.” He has published numerous articles that address issues involving socioeconomic status and cultural diversity and how they impact the classroom, campus and community environments.
Dr. Richard Reddick joined the UT Austin faculty in August 2007. He is an assistant professor of higher education leadership and holds courtesy appointments with the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin. An award winning professor, he is the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship (2010-2011) and the Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award (2011-2012). Dr. Reddick’s research focuses on the phenomenological examination of the lives of Black academics, including their approach to work-life balance; service, teaching and research responsibilities; and their experiences mentoring students. Dr. Reddick’s work has been highlighted by NPR, the Associated Press, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the co-author and co-editor of four scholarly volumes, and his articles have been published in the American Educational Research Journal and the Harvard Educational Review, among other leading educational journals.
Su Jin Jez is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Sacramento. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Education Doctorate Program and is a Faculty Associate with the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy. Dr. Jez has received awards for her work from the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the National Center for Higher Education and Public Policy, and the Mellon and Spencer Foundations. Her research has been covered widely by the media, including the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and USA Today. Dr. Jez received a BA in statistics, with a minor in public policy, from UC Berkeley, and an MA in economics and a PhD in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.
Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies (by courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2007, he has served as an Associate Director for the University Council of Education Administration (UCEA). For a wide-ranging discussion about education and public policy visit his website at Cloaking Inequity which was recently named one of the top 100 education blogs in the nation.
Lawrence Allen, Jr., a third-generation educator, was elected to the State Board of Education in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2012. As the District 4 board member, he represents about 1.7 million people in the Houston area. He serves as vice chair of the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund and previously served on the Committee on Planning and Committee on Instruction. Allen also served a term as vice chair of the 15-member board.
Along with his service on the board, Allen is the director of special projects in the Houston Independent School District. He served as principal of the Jesse H. Jones High, assistant principal of Dowling Middle, Jones Senior and Jack Yates High School. He was a teacher at Lanier and Dowling Middle School.
Allen is a member of the Houston Association of School Administrators; Texas Association of Gifted and Talented; National Association of Secondary Principals; and the National Association of Secondary Administrators; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
He holds a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from Prairie View A&M University.
As the District 4 representative on the State Board of Education, Allen, a Democrat, represents parts of Fort Bend and Harris counties.