Hunt Institute CEO to Speak at Education Quality Roundtable

April 25, 2018


Washington, D.C. – The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and the George W. Bush Institute will co-host a forum on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 to explore whether broadening the scope of school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act will spur states and schools toward improving school quality and student achievement.

Launched in 2006 as an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution, The Hamilton Project is guided by an Advisory Council of academics, business leaders, and former public policymakers. The Project provides a platform for a broad range of leading economic thinkers to inject innovative and pragmatic policy options into the national debate. 

The day-long forum will feature framing remarks by Jason Botel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education; and will coincide with the release of a new Hamilton Project strategy paper on ESSA implementation, offering states an actionable framework for reducing rates of chronic absenteeism.

A roundtable discussion titled “Making Progress on Quality Across States and in Schools” will be moderated by Alyson Klein, Assistant Editor of Education Week. The roundtable will include Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia; Ajit Gopalakrishnan, Chief Performance Officer of the State Department of Education, Connecticut; Sandra Diodonet, Assistant Superintendent of the Paterson School District, New Jersey; Broderick Johnson, Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Obama Foundation; and Hunt Institute President & CEO, Javaid E. Siddiqi.

“This conversation is critically important,” said Dr. Siddiqi. “Implementation of state ESSA plans is coming at a time of political transition in many states, with 36 state holding gubernatorial elections this fall. It will be critical for state leaders to get the messaging right around this new balance of academic measures and other indicators of school quality, including chronic absenteeism and college readiness.”

The event will also include introductory remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and research presentations from Jay Shambaugh, Director of The Hamilton Project and Senior Fellow of Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution and Anne Wicks, Director of Education Reform at the George W. Bush Institute.

For more information on the event and full agenda, click here.
To register for the LIVE webcast, click here.


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