A Webinar Series on Fridays at 12 p.m.from October 8 to December 10
Paul E. Peterson, Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University
Daniel Hamlin, Professor, University of Oklahoma
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 to be explored in the School Choice in the Post-Pandemic Era conference. The conference is a virtual webinar series that is held weekly from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET each Friday from October 8 to December 10, 2021. The conference is sponsored by the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Nine sessions will feature leading policymakers, practitioners, scholars, and experts in the field of school choice.
Registration is required for the series. Please register once for all sessions.
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