10:30 am EST - 12:00 pm EST

Past Event

New Perspectives on Choice in K-12 Education

Thursday, January 26, 2006

10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

The Brookings Institution
Saul Room and Zilkha Lounge

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Public debate on school choice in the United States often focuses on the question of whether school choice is good or bad. The reality is that school choice is here to stay. Getting Choice Right, the final volume from the National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education, seeks to move the debate beyond the issue of whether parents should be allowed to choose by examining the connections between school choice and the goals of equity and efficiency in education.

Brown Center director Tom Loveless, a Brookings senior fellow, leads a discussion of other contributors to the book as they assess the efficiency of the educational system. Topics include the design of school choice and the concerns about the distribution of educational opportunities. The analysis tackles a crucial policy question: How can we implement school choice in a way to maximize the benefits while mitigating the potential costs?

At this Brookings forum, authors featured in the book will discuss their research and take questions from the audience. Continental breakfast will be provided at 10 a.m. Panelists will take questions from the audience following remarks.