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This symposium brings together leading researchers from diverse backgrounds to assess the future of public school choice programs in light of recent court rulings, policy developments, and research findings. Presentations will include normative discussions of the legal constraints facing designers of school choice programs and empirical papers assessing the effects of school choice programs on student segregation, academic achievement, instructional practices, and other outcomes of interest. In addition to discussing some of the key methodological issues involved in trying to assess the impact of school choice programs, we will discuss what the goals of school choice programs should be given the current legal and policy environment, and how programs can best be designed to achieve those goals.

The conference is sponsored by the Magnet Schools of America, the Connecticut Department of Education, and the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. The symposium will be held on the University of Connecticut’s main campus in Storrs, Connecticut at the Neag School of Education. Registration for audience members will begin at 9:00 AM and opening remarks at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 28, and the symposium will conclude at 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 29.

Two papers will be presented during each session. We anticipate presenters will have approximately 25 minutes to present their papers. Discussants will speak for 15 minutes, making connections between the presentations and his or her own work as appropriate. The discussant will then lead the group in a conversation of approximately 25 minutes.

In addition to the researchers who will make presentations at the symposium, a small number of federal, state, and local policy makers are attending the symposium as audience members. Although these individuals will not have any formal role in the symposium sessions, they will participate in session discussions and have opportunities to meet informally with the researchers at the symposium.

 

Directions to the University of Connecticut

Storrs Campus, South Parking Garage

UConn Map

FROM INSTERSTATE 84:
Take I-84 East/West to Exit 68.  Take RTE 195 South approximately 7 miles to campus (crossing over routes 32 and 44). 

Starting from the “University of Connecticut” sign on your right, follow straight through four sets of lights.  At the 5th light, take a right onto Mansfield Road.  Take your second left onto Gilbert Road and follow up the hill to a stop sign.  At the stop sign, take a right onto Hillside Road and follow to another stop sign.  At the stop sign take a left onto Stadium Road, and watch for the South Parking Garage on your left (behind the UConn Co-Op).

 

FROM SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT:
Take RTE 32 and continue North to Willimantic.  At Willimantic, follow the signs for Route 195 for approximately 8 miles to the campus. 

Starting at the “University of Connecticut” sign on your right (at the junction of RTE 195 and RTE 275) continue straight through three sets of lights (passing three shopping plazas on the right).  At the 4th light turn left on to Mansfield Road.  Take your second left onto Gilbert Road and follow up the hill to a stop sign.  At the stop sign, take a right onto Hillside Road and follow to another stop sign.  At the stop sign take a left onto Stadium Road, and watch for the South Parking Garage on your left (behind the UConn Co-Op).

 

WALKING FROM THE SOUTH PARKING GARAGE TO THE CHARLES B. GENTRY BUILDING:
From the parking garage, walk back out to Hillside Rd (in front of the Co-Op).  Cross the street and walk down the sidewalk heading to the left.  After passing the Business School on the right, take a right down the pedestrian walkway.  Walk to the end of the construction fence and take a left.  Follow the walk way to Charles B. Gentry building. Registration for the Conference will be on the main level just inside the main entrance to the building.