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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Saturday, September 29 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Will We Ever Get School Finance Right?

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Members of the state commission studying the issue on whether progress is possible.

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas and supported by Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium and the Texas Association of Realtors

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Aliyya Swaby

Public Education Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Swaby covers public education for the Tribune. She joined the Tribune in October 2016 from the hyperlocal nonprofit New Haven Independent, where she covered education, zoning and transit for two years. After graduating from Yale University in 2013, Swaby spent a year freelance reporting... Read More →

Speakers
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Diego Bernal

State Representative, D-San Antonio
Bernal, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 123 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the House Public Education Committee and sits on the Administration and Urban Affairs committees. Previously, Bernal served as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and... Read More →
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Scott Brister

Chairman of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance
Brister was appointed chairman of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017. He previously served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court and as the chief justice of the 1st and 14th Courts of Appeals of Texas. After his term as Supreme Court justice... Read More →
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Keven Ellis

Member of the State Board of Education
Ellis represents District 9 on the State Board of Education. He serves on the board’s Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees items including charter schools, certification rules and school board member training. Ellis previously served as a member and president of the Lufkin... Read More →
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Nicole Conley Johnson

CFO of the Austin Independent School District
Conley Johnson has served as chief financial officer for AISD since 2009. In 2018, she was appointed to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance by Speaker Joe Straus. Prior to joining AISD, Conley Johnson worked for several large urban school systems, including the New York... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall 301 E. 8th St., Austin, TX 78701