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Institute for Economic Inquiry hosts panel discussion on school choice, March 2

OMAHA, Neb. (Feb. 22, 2016) ó Creighton Universityís Institute for Economic Inquiry hosts a panel discussion on school choice, March 2, from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom, 602 N. 20th St., in Omaha.

Five experts from around the nation will take part in the panel discussion, which will focus on such questions as how education outcomes can be improved and how Nebraska, with one of the nationís largest achievement gaps between black and white public school students, might most effectively reform its education model. The panel will also discuss the roots of the achievement gap, the importance of education in dictating future economic standing and charter schools.

Participants in the panel are:

Jay Greene, Ph.D., leads the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, where he is also a distinguished professor. Greeneís research interests include school choice, the importance of culturally enriching field trips and the effective of education on non-cognitive and civic values. His work has also led to improvements in reporting accurate high school graduation rates.

Dwight Jones served as superintendent of the nationís fifth-largest school district, the Clark County (Nevada) School District from 2010 to 2013 and, prior to that posting, was Coloradoís commissioner of education for three-and-a-half years. Jones was an operational vice president for Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning), a management organization for public schools around the country, and supervised 11 schools in Kansas, Missouri and Maryland.

Matthew L. Blomstedt, Ph.D., has served as the commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education since January 2014. Prior to taking on that role, he was executive director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unity Coordinating Council and was the first full-time executive director of the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association and a research analyst for the Education Committee of the Nebraska Legislature.

Michael Sentance is a Boston-based educational consultant working with schools, districts, states and advocacy groups to raise student achievement. He is the former president for educational reform strategies for the Tribal Group, a company supporting educational and training services, was a regional representative for the U.S. Department of Education and served as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1995 to 1996.

Patrick Slattery, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha, will serve as panel moderator. Slattery has been in his current role since July 2013. Prior to that, he was president of Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha from 2004 to 2013.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to visit the registration page.

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