Marquette University News Release

Marquette Law School, College of Education to host half-day conference on critical K-12 education issues

April 29, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University’s Law School and College of Education will host a half-day conference titled “Pivotal Points: A Forum on Key Wisconsin Education Issues as Big Decisions Approach,” on Monday, May 11, at Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

As the Wisconsin state budget process enters its final weeks, Marquette will bring together experts and key figures to examine three of the central issues affecting kindergarten through 12th-grade education in Wisconsin: public school spending, state policy on testing and how to deal with schools with low levels of success.

The event is part of a continuing series of conferences on K–12 education sponsored by the Law School and College of Education, and is open to the public. Seating is limited; registration is available online.

Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or

Conference topics will include:

  • Opening remarks by Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers
  • A look at Wisconsin public opinion on education issues, from Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin
  • An examination of where Wisconsin fits in national education spending trends, from Michael Griffith, a senior policy analyst at the Education Commission of the States in Denver.
  • A projection of what’s ahead for the “fairly normal” school district, led by Bob Borch, retired school finance expert

And the following panel discussions:

  • Money: What does it take to fuel schools adequately?

Wisconsin state Rep. Dale Kooyenga

Jeff Pertl, senior policy advisor to Wisconsin’s superintendent of public instruction

Marc Duff, Racine school district chief financial officer

Emily Koczela, Brown Deer school district director of finance

Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance president

Moderated by Alan Borsuk, Law School senior fellow in law and public policy

  • Testing: How can we tell how kids are doing?

Brad Carl, Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison

Pat Deklotz, Kettle Moraine schools superintendent

Wisconsin state Sen. Paul Farrow

Sally Flaschberger, advocacy specialist for Disability Rights Wisconsin

Amy Mizialko, Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

Moderated by Mike Gousha, Law School distinguished fellow in law and public policy

  • What can be done about low-success schools?

Wisconsin state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt

April Knox, Schools That Can Milwaukee

Wisconsin state Rep. Mandela Barnes

Darienne Driver, Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent

Moderated by Robert Lowe, professor, Marquette University College of Education

Through the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, public lectures by leading scholars and topical conferences — all open to the community — the Law School serves as a venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

For more than 90 years, the Marquette University College of Education has prepared individuals to work as professionals in public and private school settings, including numerous teachers, principals, and others serving Catholic K–12 education.

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Chris Jenkins

Chris is the Associate Director of University Communication in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Chris at (414) 288-4745 or View all posts by .