The CVPE Educational Forum, sister organization to Community Voices for Public Education, is holding its first annual Fall Conference on Saturday, November 21, from 8:30-5pm at the United Way.


The conference, Current Issues in Education- the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, includes a strong line up of guest speakers. Don't miss this event.  Spend the day exploring some of the issues that our public schools are currently facing and networking with other people who care about public schools. Learn about the Texas school funding system, how Community Schools are succeeding in Austin, and the struggle for equitable, truly educational schools. Become a more informed and empowered advocate for public education.

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Tickets cost $10 to cover breakfast and lunch but there is a sliding scale for students. Any students concerned about cost can donate what they are able at the door. SHARE THE EVENT LINK:

Speakers and Panelists include:

  • The Honorable Scott Hochberg, former Texas State Representative and school finance reform expert
  • Dr. Linda McNeil, Professor of Education, Rice University
  • Dr. M. Francyne Huckaby, Associate Professor, Texas Christian University College of Education, Director of Center for Public Education​
  • Dr. Ann McCoy, Director of Data Services, All Kids Alliance
  • Zeph Capo, Houston Community College Trustee – District 1​
  • Juliet Katherine Stipeche​, Houston ISD Trustee
  • Allen Weeks​, Executive Director of Austin Voices


8:30 a.m.   Registration and breakfast
9:00 a.m.   Announcements and Welcome, Diane Ravitch (video) and Anne Sung
9:15 a.m.   Scott Hochberg, Texas School Finance: Where are we after 40 Years?
10:00 a.m. Dr. Fran Huckaby, From Resistance to Survivance
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Dr. Linda McNeil, Beyond Standardized Schools: Reclaiming our Abundant Funds of Knowledge to Create Equitable, Educational Schools
11:45 a.m. Dr. Ann McCoy, School Closures: Why and Why Not
12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Movie (Huckaby) during lunch: “Public Education: Participatory Democracy in a Time of Privatization”
1:30 p.m.   Break
1:45 p.m.   Allan Weeks, Save our Texas Schools, Community Schools: The Austin Model
2:30 p.m.   Juliet Stipeche, On Excellence and Equity in Education
3:00 p.m.   Panel Discussion #1 - Capo, Sung (moderator) & Stipeche,The Near Future for Texas Teachers: NCLB, RTTT, Testing, Performance  Evaluation, Etc.
3:45 p.m   Panel Discussion #2 – Diana Tang, Anita Wadhwa and student, Restorative Justice in Schools



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