Marquette University News Release

Ideas for improving the future of Wisconsin K-12 education to be discussed

November 11, 2011

Event Information:
Date: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011
Time: 8 a.m.
Place: Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall

The Marquette University Law School and Marquette University College of Education will sponsor a major conference discussing the future of public K-12 education and examining what has worked in other areas, including post-Katrina New Orleans.

The event, “Fresh Paths? Ideas for Navigating Wisconsin’s New Education Landscape,” will take place Thursday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan Street.

Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with welcome remarks from Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, and Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy. Lectures and panel sessions will continue throughout the day until 2 p.m., with a complimentary lunch at 12:15 p.m.

The program features prominent figures in education in Wisconsin and throughout the country. Paul Pastorek, current chief counsel for EADS North America and Louisiana superintendent of education from 2007 to 2011, will discuss how Milwaukee and Wisconsin can learn from the changes that New Orleans has made in its school ecosystem following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 Sarah Almy, director of teacher quality for The Education Trust in Washington, D.C., will address issues of teacher evaluation, performance pay, and the impact the Common Core standards might have for the future of education in Wisconsin. The conference also includes panels on the new Milwaukee Succeeds Initiative and the state of education policy making in Wisconsin, as well as a presentation by Bill Raabe, director of the Center for Great Public Schools, National Education Association, on the political landscape in Wisconsin surrounding education issues. Each speaker will be joined by a panel of education experts.

A complete schedule of events and speakers, as well as registration, can be found online.

Media interested in attending should contact Brigid Miller in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-7445 or


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