2019 Agenda


Tentative Agenda as of December 2018


7:00 pm (1900 h) Welcome Reception
Emcee Robert Fox (University of Hawai’i-Hilo) will say a few words and thank our sponsors


8:00 am (800 h) BREAKFAST

9:00 am (900 h) SESSION(S) ONE

Room ONE
1. Some Frontiers of Educational Choice in the United States
Lindsey Burke (Heritage Foundation) – Chair
Aaron Saiger (Fordham University) – “Unbundling and School Choice”
Lindsey Burke (Heritage Foundation) – “Virtually Unheard Of: The Ed-Tech Sector’s Familiarity with Education Savings Accounts”
Jason Bedrick (EdChoice) – “More Than Vouchers: A Survey of Scholarship Organizations”
Robert Maranto (University of Arkansas) – “Combining Markets and Politics to Control Education Corruption”
Robert Maranto (University of Arkansas) – Discussant
Corey DeAngelis (Cato Institute) – Discussant

Room TWO
2. School Turnaround and the Educator Labor Market
Ellen Goldring (Vanderbilt University) – Chair
Lam Pham (Vanderbilt University) – “An Extended Evaluation of Tennessee’s Achievement School District and Local Innovation Zones”
Erica Harbatkin (Vanderbilt University) – “Stumbling at the Starting Block: How Baseline School Characteristics Hinder School Turnaround Efforts”
Marisa Cannata (Vanderbilt University) – “It’s Who You Know: The Role of Teacher Social Networks in a Changing Labor Market”
Mark Berends (University of Notre Dame) – Discussant
Anna Egalite (North Carolina State University) – Discussant

3. Choice and Equity
Daniel Gabaldon (University of Valencia) – “Public School Choice After an Era of Institutional Abandonment: The Hidden Face of School Segregation”
Biswajit Kar (Jawaharlal Nehru University) – “School Choice, Segregation and the Reproduction of Disadvantages: Analysis of Intersectionalities in Indian School Market”
Triin Lauri (Tallinn University) and Kaire Põder (Estonian Business School) – “Discrimination or explained differences: Individual and school level effects explaining achievement gap in Russian Schools of Estonia and Latvia”
Daniela Drobna (University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava) – “Education policy in Slovakia with focus on socially deprivated groups”

10:30 am (1030 h) BREAK

10:45 am (1045 h) SESSION(S) TWO

Room ONE
4. Empirical Analyses of U.S. Choice Programs
Albert Cheng (University of Arkansas) – Chair
Corey DeAngelis (Cato Institute) – “The Effects of Regulations on Private School Choice Program Participation: Experimental Evidence from Florida”
Paul Peterson (Harvard University) – “Experimentally Estimated Impacts of School Vouchers On College Degree Attainment: An Update”
Anna Egalite (North Carolina State University) – “An Impact Analysis of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program on Student Achievement”
John Merrifield (University of Texas-San Antonio) -“Tax-Credit Scholarship Funding Determinants”
Macke Raymond (Stanford University) – Discussant
Eric Hanushek (Stanford University) – Discussant

Room TWO
5. Media Coverage, Politics and the School Choice Debate: Does a Lack of Media Understanding of School Choice Leave Defining it by Political Pressure Groups?
Brian Calle (CEO, LA Weekly and Chapman University) – Chair
Loretta Sanchez (former U.S. Congresswoman and Leadership Fellow, Harvard University)
Sharon Quirk-Silva (member of the California State Assembly and a retired teacher)
Robert Enlow (EdChoice)

6. Governance, Regulation, and Choice
Maria Smirnova (University of Manchester) – “Banning Excessive Privatization of Public Education while Ensuring Freedom of Education: Finding the Right Balance”
Nadezhda Knyaginina (HSE University) – “Multi-Level Governance of Education in Russia: Current Issues and Search for Balance of Powers”
Dragos Efrim (S.C.A. Duțescu & Partners) – “Government monopoly on school textbooks: a quality standard or limitation of educational freedom?”

12:15 pm (1215 h) LUNCH
7. Keynote Address
Nina Buchanan (University of Hawai’i-Hilo) and Rodrigo Queiroz e Melo (Portuguese Catholic University) – Introductory Remarks
Paul Rowe – “Educate Together – An example of an independent actor provoking systemic change”

1:45 pm (1345 h) SESSION(S) THREE

Room ONE
8. A Multifaceted View of Homeschooling in the United States, Canada, and France
Albert Cheng (University of Arkansas) – chair
David Sikkink (Notre Dame)
Christine Brabant (Université de Montréal)
Eric Wearne (Holy Spirit College)
Philippe Bongrand (University of Cergy-Pontoise)
Michael Donnelly (Home School Legal Defense Association) – Discussant
Albert Cheng (University of Arkansas) – Discussant

Room TWO
9. What Impact Can Evidence Have on Policy Decisions?
Macke Raymond (Stanford) – Moderator
Ludger Woessmann (University of Munich)
Michael Stone (former CEO, New Schools for New Orleans)
Robert Enlow (EdChoice)

10. Religion, Secularization, and School Choice
Stefan Phillipsen and Pieter Huisman (Utrecht University) – “The changing role of religion in school choice in the Netherlands”
Paul Zoontjens (Tilburg University) – “School choice in the context of a plural and secularized school system”
Johan Lievens (VU Amsterdam & KU Leuven) and Kurt Willems (KU Leuven), “Is the dream of (Jewish) schools coming to an end? Flemish education policy and its impact on school choice”
Asher Maoz (Dean Peres Academic Center Law School) – “From School Choice to Uniformity and Back to School Choice – The Case of Israel”

3:15 pm (1515 h) break

3:30 pm (1530 h) SESSION(S) FOUR

Room ONE
11. The Future of School Funding in the United States: Creating a More Equitable System and Expanding Educational Freedom
Martin Lueken (EdChoice) – Moderator
Paul DiPerna (EdChoice)
Benjamin Scafidi (Kennesaw State University)
James Shuls (University of Missouri, Saint Louis)
Patrick Wolf (University of Arkansas)

Room TWO
12. School Choice in the United States: Opportunities and Challenges in Urban Communities
Karen Drezner (Leveraging Leaders) – Critical Conversation Leader
Over the past two decades, school choice has flourished across the United States. This is particularly poignant for urban communities, where educational quality has been a significant concern for far too long. Although many cities have faced a myriad of challenges, including but not limited to financial reallocations, student enrollment variances, shifting political interests and the powerful influence of teacher unions, fascinating innovative models have developed,
and cross sector collaborations have blossomed. Participants will focus on a variety of case studies from cities like Boston, New York City and New Orleans. Utilizing what they learn from these case studies as well as their own expertise and experience, they will engage in critical dialogue to 1) identify and consider how to
successfully overcome key policy and practice challenges and 2) contemplate how to create and maintain diverse communities of high-quality schools that ensure all students thrive academically, developmentally and civically.
Sonia Park (Diverse Charter Schools Coalition) – panelist

13. Education, Rights, and Public Policies
Miguel Angel Sancho Gargallo (European Foundation Society and Education) – “The Right to Education as a Framework for Education Policies”
Marco I. Matthijsen (Global Education Law Forum) – “Towards an International Monitor of Education Rights (IMER)”
Balázs Sz. GERENCSÉR (Pázmány Péter Catholic University) – “Protecting Language and Minority Rights through School Choice”
José Luis M. López-Muñiz (University of Valladolid) – “Public funding of non-governmental schools as a constitutional duty in Spain”

5:00 pm (1700 h) Conclude for the day

8:00 pm (2000 h) OPTIONAL GROUP DINNER
(This is not a hosted event and details will be provided at the conference.)


8:00 am (800 h) BREAKFAST

9:00 am (900 h) SESSION(S) FIVE

Room ONE
14. Charter Schools I
Drew Catt (EdChoice) – Chair
Jessica Sutter (EdPro Consulting) – “Missing from the Room Where It Happens: Parents and Families in Charter School Restart Decisions”
Brian Beabout (University of New Orleans) and Shante Williams (The University of New Orleans) – “Leading Alone: How School Leaders Experience a Charter/District Turnaround School in New Orleans, Louisiana”
Wagma Mommamdi (University of Colorado) – “Charter School Access: Policies, Practices and Ramifications”
Timothy Weekes (Holy Names University) – “Characteristics of High-Performing Charter Schools Serving Under-Represented Minority and Low-Income Students”
Marisa Cannata (Vanderbilt University) – Discussant
Cara Candal (Pioneer Institute) – Discussant

Room TWO
15. Are Muslim Schools the New Catholic Schools?    Roundtable on Charles Glenn’s Muslim Educators in American Communities
Robert Maranto (University of Arkansas) – Moderator
Charles Glenn (Boston University)
David Sikkink (University of Notre Dame)
Anna Egalite (North Carolina State University)
Catherine Warrick (Villanova University)
Jan De Groof (College of Europe)

10:30 am (1030 h) BREAK

10:45 am (1045 h) SESSION(S) SIX

Room ONE
16. Charter Schools II
Ellen Goldring (Vanderbilt University) – Chair
Kathy Hayes (Southern Methodist University) – “Kids or cash? Exploring charter schools’ response to declining government revenues”
Ellen Goldring (Vanderbilt University) – “Innovation in Charter Schools: An Analysis of Teaching and Learning Practices”
Eric Hanushek (Stanford University) – “The Evolution of Charter School Quality”
Macke Raymond (Stanford University) – “What Have We Learned from Charter School Research?”
Patrick Wolf (University of Arkansas) – Discussant
Jonathan Mills (University of Arkansas) – Discussant

17. “Freedom of education Index – Correlation with selected indicators 2018”
Jan De Groof (College of Europe)
Ignasi Grau i Callizo (International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education)
Michael Donnelly (Home School Legal Defense Association)
Maria Smirnova (University of Manchester)

12:15 pm (1215 h) LUNCH

1:45 pm (1345 h) SESSION(S) SEVEN

Room ONE
18. Educators, Schools, and Assessment
Michael McShane (EdChoice) – Chair
Sherrie Reed (University of California at Davis) – “Doing More for Less? Staffing Patterns in California Charter Schools”
Benjamin Scafidi (Kennesaw State University) – “Public School Spending and Staffing: The Case of Ohio”
Michael McShane (EdChoice) – “Assessing the Private School “Skills Gap”: What Teachers Know and What They Need To”
Nadezhda Knyaginina (HSE University) – “Legal Problems of Quality Assessment in Education in Russia”
Paul DiPerna (EdChoice) – Discussant
James Shuls (University of Missouri, Saint Louis) – Discussant

Room TWO
19. Charter Schools III
Heidi Holmes Ericson (University of Arkansas) – Chair
Madeline Mavrogordato (Michigan State University) – “Mapping Access: To What Extent Are English Learners Choosing Charter Schools in Texas?”
Ian Kingsbury (University of Arkansas) – “Charter School Regulation as a Barrier to Entry”
Jacob Kirksey (University of California, Santa Barbara) – “Attending’ Elementary Charter Schools: Examining a Nationally Representative Cohort”
Cara Candal (Pioneer Institute) – “When School Choice Depends Upon School Failure: The Impacts of Charter School Policy in Massachusetts, USA”
John Merrifield (University of Texas-San Antonio) – Discussant
Heidi Holmes Ericson (University of Arkansas) – Discussant

20. Current Legal Issues in U.S. School Choice
Michael Shaw (EdChoice) – Moderator
Leslie Hiner (EdChoice)
Tim Keller (Institute for Justice)
Marius Smit (North-West University) “School Choice Reform in South Africa – an Education Law Perspective”
Lew Andrews (Yankee Institute) “Education Savings Accounts: Empowering Kids and Saving Money in Connecticut”

3:15 pm (1515 h) BREAK

3:30 pm (1530 h) SESSION(S) EIGHT

Room ONE
21. Vouchers in North Carolina and Indiana
Eric Wearne (Holy Spirit College) -Chair
Anna Egalite (North Carolina State University) – “Early Adopters vs Cautious Observers: Private School Leaders Respond to the Introduction of Targeted School Vouchers in North Carolina”
Andrew Swindell (University of California, Los Angeles) – “The slippery slope: A case study of the Indiana choice scholarship voucher program”
Drew Catt (EdChoice) – “Indiana’s Schooling Deserts Hoosier Communities Lacking Highly-Rated or Multi-Sector Educational Options”
Anna Egalite (North Carolina State University) – “The School Choice Tipping Point: An Analysis of the Competitive Effects of the Indiana Voucher Program on Public District Schools”
Ian Kingsbury (University of Arkansas) – Discussant
Jacob Kirksey (University of California, Santa Barbara) – Discussant

Room TWO
22. School Choice and Black Communities: Discussing Educational Equity and Educational Racism Beyond Test Scores
Steven L. Nelson (University of Memphis) – Chair
Timberly L. Baker (University of Southern Indiana) – “Continued disparate discipline: Theorizing state takeover districts’ impact on the continued oppression of Black girls”
Jennifer E. Grace (University of Indianapolis) – “‘Tryin’ to survive’: Black male students’ understandings of the role of race and racism in the school-to-prison pipeline”
Taylor R. Tartera (University of Memphis) – “Memphis Charter Schools and their Adaptation Under ESSA”
Steven L. Nelson (University of Memphis) – “Are Black parents locked out of challenging disproportionately low charter school board representation? Assessing the role of the federal courts in building a house of cards”
Brian R. Beabout (University of New Orleans) – Discussant
Julian Vasquez Helig (California State University, Sacramento) – Discussant

23. Choice and Reform Together
John Merrifield (University of Texas-San Antonio) – “School Choice and Teacher Pay”
Svetlana Savelieva (NRU Higher School of Economics ) – “School Choice and Signals: Schools Signaling Parents”
Paolo Mattei (University of Milan “La Statale”) – “Merit pay policies and innovation in public schools in comparative perspective: measurement and conceptual challenges”
Peter Biro (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) – “Complexity of finding Pareto-efficient allocations of highest welfare”

5:00 pm (1700 h) conclude for the day

6:00-8:00 pm (1845 h) ELA RECEPTION
Open to All Conference Attendees and sponsored by the ELA) – Universidade Europeia / IADE: https://www.iade.europeia.pt/
Address: Av. Dom Carlos | 4, 1200-649 Lisboa, Portugal


8:00 am (800 h) BREAKFAST

9:00 am (900 h) SESSION(S) NINE

Room ONE
24. 65 Years After Brown: Black Children, School Choice, and the Push for High-Quality Education
Ain Grooms (University of Iowa) – Chair
Sheneka Williams (University of Georgia)
Joshua Childs (University of Texas at Austin)
Cheryl Fields-Smith (University of Georgia)

Room TWO
25. Intermediate Results of the Louisiana Scholarship Program: Achievement, Impact Heterogeneity, Selection, and Attainment
Patrick Wolf (University of Arkansas) – Chair
Jonathan N. Mills (University of Arkansas)
Heidi Holmes (University of Arkansas)
Mark Berends (University of Notre Dame) – Discussant

26. School Choice Around the World
Francesco Magni (University of Bergamo) – “School Choice in Italy: recent trends and current perspectives”
Inántsy Pap Ágnes (Saint Athanasius Greek Catholic Theological College) – “Free School Choice in the Byzantine Rite Catholic Schools in Hungary”
Daniel Gabaldon (University of Valencia) – What do families value when selecting a kindergarten?
Elda De Waal (North-West University) – “Shaping schooling by exploring learner and parental contributions towards democratic school choice and reform practices in South Africa”

10:30 am (1030 h) BREAK

10:45 am (1045 h) SESSION(S) TEN

Room ONE
27. The Genealogy of School Choice Policies in the West
Rodrigo Queiroz e Melo (Portuguese Catholic University) – Chair
Charles Glenn (Boston University)
Jan De Groof (College of Europe) – Discussant
Patrick Wolf (University of Arkansas) – Discussant

12:15 pm (1215 h) LUNCH

1:30 pm (1330 h) Conference Concludes