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Friday, September 28
 

8:30am CDT

The Economics of Higher Ed
The price vs. cost vs. value debate is alive and well: Who should pay, how much is too much and is the money well spent?

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas and supported by Austin Community College and Texas Exes

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Najmabadi

Shannon Najmabadi

Higher Education Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Najmabadi reports on higher education for the Tribune, where she started as a fellow in 2017. Previously, she reported for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she covered the gender equity law Title IX, fallout from an executive order on immigration and a federal loan forgiveness... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan

Former Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System
Duncan served as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System from 2014 to August 2018. Previously, he spent 18 years in the Texas Senate, where he served as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee and as president pro tempore. Duncan also served in the Texas House and was... Read More →
avatar for Brian McCall

Brian McCall

Chancellor of the Texas State University System
McCall has been the Texas State University System chancellor since 2010. Previously, he served in the Texas House, representing parts of North Dallas, Frisco, Allen and Plano. He also served as chairman of the House Calendars and Ways & Means committees and as a member of the House... Read More →
avatar for Diana Natalicio

Diana Natalicio

President of the University of Texas at El Paso
Natalicio has served as president of the University of Texas at El Paso since 1988. She previously served as vice president for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts and chair of the modern language department. Natalicio has served on the board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the... Read More →
avatar for Royce West

Royce West

State Senator, D-Dallas
West, D-Dallas, has represented Senate District 23 since 1993. He serves as vice-chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and sits on the Administration and Finance committees. Additionally, West has been appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial... Read More →
avatar for Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

President of Texas A&M University
Young has served as president of Texas A&M University since 2015. Prior to joining A&M, he served as president and professor of law at the University of Washington and the University of Utah. Young has also worked as a professor at George Washington University Law School and Columbia... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall
  Education

10:30am CDT

One on One with J.B. Milliken
The brand new chancellor of the University of Texas System on what he learned in Nebraska and New York, what it takes to make public universities world class, and his top agenda items for one of the nation’s most iconic higher ed institutions.

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas and supported by Pearson

Moderators
avatar for Shannon Najmabadi

Shannon Najmabadi

Higher Education Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Najmabadi reports on higher education for the Tribune, where she started as a fellow in 2017. Previously, she reported for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she covered the gender equity law Title IX, fallout from an executive order on immigration and a federal loan forgiveness... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J.B. Milliken

J.B. Milliken

Chancellor of the University of Texas System
Milliken was named chancellor of the University of Texas System in September 2018. He is a lawyer by training and previously served as chancellor of the City University of New York. Prior to joining CUNY, Milliken also served as president of the University of Nebraska and senior administrator... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Stateside at The Paramount
  Education

3:45pm CDT

Education Reform That Makes the Grade
More money? More choice? More accountability? The only thing that matters is what works.

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas

Moderators
avatar for Krys Boyd

Krys Boyd

Host of "Think" on KERA
Boyd has served as host and managing editor of “Think,” KERA-FM’s midday talk show, since 2006. She joined KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2001 as host of the nightly radio talk show “Conversations.” Boyd has also worked as a writer and producer of documentary and educational... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Enlow

Robert Enlow

President and CEO of EdChoice
Enlow has served as president and CEO of EdChoice, formerly the Milton and Rose Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, since 2009. He has been involved with the foundation since 1996 as a fundraiser, projects coordinator, vice president and executive director. Enlow currently... Read More →
avatar for Gina Hinojosa

Gina Hinojosa

State Representative, D-Austin
Hinojosa, D-Austin, has represented House District 49 since 2017. She sits on the House Economic & Small Business Development, Homeland Security & Public Safety, and Administration committees. Previously, Hinojosa served on the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees... Read More →
avatar for Randan Steinhauser

Randan Steinhauser

Co-founder of Steinhauser Strategies and Former Executive Director of Texans for Education Opportunity
Steinhauser is co-founder of Steinhauser Strategies, a public relations and communications strategy firm. She previously served as executive director of Texans for Education Opportunity and director of external affairs for the Alliance for School Choice. Steinhauser has also worked... Read More →
avatar for Todd Williams

Todd Williams

Chairman and CEO of The Commit Partnership
Williams is the founding chairman, CEO and president of The Commit Partnership, an organization dedicated to improving postsecondary completion levels across the DFW area. He also serves as education policy adviser to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and as a senior trustee and former board... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall
  Education
 
Saturday, September 29
 

8:30am CDT

Are Students of Color Getting a Raw Deal?
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
avatar for Aliyya Swaby

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
avatar for Colette Pierce Burnette

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 →
avatar for Steve Flores

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 →
avatar for Joe May

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 →
avatar for Miguel Solis

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 →
avatar for Marc Veasey

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 CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom
  Education

10:45am CDT

Early Indications
What pre-K does for Texas, and what Texas does — or doesn’t do — for pre-K.

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

Moderators
avatar for Ayan Mittra

Ayan Mittra

Editor of The Texas Tribune
Mittra oversees the Tribune's newsroom, which includes more than 30 journalists who have won multiple state, regional and national awards. He joined the Tribune in 2012 after more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News, where he worked as a copy editor, assistant political editor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Baray

Sarah Baray

CEO of Pre-K 4 SA
Baray has served as CEO of Pre-K 4 SA, San Antonio’s early learning initiative, since 2016. Prior to joining Pre-K 4 SA, she worked as a professor of education and community leadership at Texas State University. Baray has also worked as an elementary school teacher, principal and... Read More →
avatar for Libby Doggett

Libby Doggett

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education
Doggett served as deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning at the U.S. Department of Education from 2013 to 2017, overseeing the Race to the Top program. She previously worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she directed the Pew Home Visiting Campaign and Pew’s... Read More →
avatar for Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan

President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Kaplan has served as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since 2015. He was previously a professor and senior associate dean at Harvard Business School and vice chairman of Goldman Sachs. Kaplan also chairs Project A.L.S. and is co-chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Price

Betsy Price

Mayor of Fort Worth
Price was first elected in 2011 to lead the city of Fort Worth. As mayor, she has helped launch Fort Worth’s Education Initiative to promote early childhood education by aiming to have 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders read at or above grade level by 2025. Before being elected... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune
  Education

3:45pm CDT

Making Schools Safe
It’s job No. 1 after Santa Fe, but it’s not only about guns.

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas

Moderators
avatar for Lauren McGaughy

Lauren McGaughy

Reporter for The Dallas Morning News
McGaughy is a state politics reporter based in Austin for The Dallas Morning News. She focuses on LGBT issues and the court system. She has previously covered state politics for the Houston Chronicle and the New Orleans Times-Picayune and foreign affairs at the U.S. Department of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Fowler

Deborah Fowler

Executive Director of Texas Appleseed
Fowler heads Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit that focuses on promoting social and economic justice for all Texans. She is a nationally recognized expert in school discipline and juvenile justice issues, having authored three major reports on the school-to-prison pipeline in Texas. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Joan Huffman

Joan Huffman

State Senator, R-Houston
Huffman, R-Houston, has represented Senate District 17 since 2008. She serves as chairwoman of the Senate State Affairs Committee and vice chairwoman of the Criminal Justice Committee and the Select Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security. Huffman previously served as a... Read More →
avatar for Joe Moody

Joe Moody

State Representative, D-El Paso
Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009. He serves as chairman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, vice chairman of the General Investigating & Ethics Committee and sits on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee. Previously, Moody served as... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Wall

Leigh Wall

Superintendent of Santa Fe Independent School District
Wall has served as superintendent of the Santa Fe Independent School District since 2008. She has worked as an educator for the past 35 years, including 11 at Santa Fe ISD. Wall is also the president-elect of Learning Forward, a nonprofit professional organization of educators. Her... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium
  Education