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Poverty and Disparity in Education Topic of Symposium
April 4 symposium is part of the Woodside Speaker Series
March 16, 2005
The current education system in America does not meet the needs of many students, especially the poor and those with special needs. It is often said that the educational structure (including funding and districting schemes) helps to engender poverty, de facto segregation, and disparity. These issues will be explored during the symposium, "Education for All: Overcoming Poverty and Disparity in American Schools" on April 4 at Ohio State's Moritz College of Law, 55 West 12th Avenue.
The symposium is part of the Woodside Speaker Series, which promotes the discussion of issues in poverty law. It is sponsored by the Pro Bono Research Group, a student-run organization at the Moritz College that provides legal research assistance to legal aid and legal services attorneys throughout Ohio and co-sponsored by the colleges of social work and education at The Ohio State University.
The day begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. and continues through a reception at 5 p.m. Panel discussions will address the general situation in American schools today, special groups who face the largest hurdles in the educational system, and a case study of Ohio's school funding issues and the DeRolph case.
Dr. Paul D. Houston, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, will present the keynote address at 3:30 p.m. A leading spokesperson for American education, he served previously as a teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey, as assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Ala. and as superintendent of schools in Princeton, N.J.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Riverside, Calif.
Dr. Houston co-authored the books Exploding the Myths in 1993 and The Board-Savvy Superintendent in 2002. His columns have been collected and published in his books Articles of Faith and Hope for Public Education and Outlook and Perspectives on American Education.
The symposium is open to the public. Continuing education credit is available for a fee to those who attend: 6 hours of CLE credit for lawyers and 4.75 CEU's for social workers.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the state supreme court and attorneys general, federal district and circuit court judges, current and former U.S. senators and representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with nonprofit organizations and public interest law firms.