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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 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Are Students of Color Getting a Raw Deal?

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Attainment levels and graduation rates lag in the state’s largest communities of color. Who’s responsible, and what can be done about it?

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas and the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Moderators
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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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Colette Pierce Burnette

President of Huston-Tillotson University
Burnette has led Huston-Tillotson since 2015. She serves on numerous boards and committees, including the steering committee for My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative started by President Barack Obama to provide intervention and mentorship to young men of color, and on the board of... Read More →
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Steve Flores

Superintendent of the Round Rock Independent School District
Flores has led Round Rock ISD as superintendent since 2013. Previously, he served as superintendent of Harlingen CISD and as assistant superintendent for both Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD. Flores also worked as executive assistant for special projects for the Texas Association... Read More →
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Joe May

Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District
May has served as chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District since 2014. He previously served as founding president of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class, a national consortium of community colleges. May has also served as president of the Louisiana Community and... Read More →
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Miguel Solis

Trustee of the Dallas Independent School District
Solis was elected to the board of the Dallas Independent School District in 2013 and has served as board president and vice president. He has previously served as special assistant to the Dallas ISD superintendent and as a public school teacher for Teach for America. Solis has also... Read More →
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Marc Veasey

U.S. Representative, D-Fort Worth
Veasey, D-Fort Worth, has represented Texas’ 33rd Congressional District since 2013. He is a member of the House Armed Services and Science, Space & Technology committees. Veasey has served as an assistant and regional whip in the U.S. House and is a member of the Congressional... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom 604 Brazos St., Austin, TX 78701