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Pro Bono Research Group
Pro Bono Research Group
Moritz College of Law
The Ohio State University
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH, 43202
Phone: (614) 688-8693
2005 Woodside Speaker Series
Education for All: Overcoming Poverty & Disparity in American Schools
- Date: April 4, 2005
On Monday, April 4, 2005 Pro Bono Research Group is holding its annual symposium entitled: "Education for All: Overcoming Poverty & Disparity in American Schools."
The Woodside Speaker Series is an annual conference with speakers from around the country addressing issues relating to poverty law. This year our focus is education, poverty, and disparity. The current education system in America does not meet the needs of many students, especially the poor and those with special needs. Many times the education structure (including funding and districting schemes) helps to engender poverty, de facto segregation, and disparity.
Our aim is to explore these issues through various speakers, including academics, lawyers, government officials, advocates, and educators. This event will be co-sponsored by the School of Education and the School of Social Work.
The day will consist of three panel discussions and will culminate in a keynote address.
Panel 1: The first panel will address the general situation in American schools today and aim to explain the disparity therein. This panel will consist of professors and advocates in the field who will aim to explain the structural links between our educational system and engendering poverty. These speakers will introduce the topic and also bring attention to the dire problems in the educational system. The panel will have 2-3 speakers and their presentations will be followed by questions and discussion.
Panel 2: This second panel will address special groups who face the largest hurdles in the educational system. Groups that will be addressed include: rural poor, urban minorities and poor, special needs/people with disabilities, and non-English speakers. The panelists in this discussion will explain the particular challenges faced by each of these specific groups. They will explore how the current education system is either meeting or not meeting their needs. The panel will have 3-4 speakers and their presentations will be followed by questions and discussion.
Panel 3: The last panel will be a case study of Ohio's school funding issues and the DeRolph case. This panel will include lawyers, advocates, and government representatives who will discuss the specific issues surrounding school funding in Ohio, its constitutionality, and the future of school funding. The panel will have 3-4 speakers and their presentations will be followed by questions and discussion.
The symposium will be an all-day event beginning with breakfast. There will be a lunch for all participants. At the end of the day, there will be a special reception with the keynote speaker, guests, alumni, and participants. The event will also be offering CLE credit (6 hours) for area lawyers and 4.75 CEU's for social workers.
Schedule of Events
|8:00 a.m.||Registration and Complimentary Breakfast|
Remarks by Dean Nancy Hardin Rogers, Moritz College of Law
|9:00 a.m.||Flowers Growing in a Garbage Can: Introductory Panel
Moderator: Eugene King, Managing Attorney, Ohio State Legal Services Association
|11:00 a.m.||Falling Through the Cracks: Special Groups
Moderator: Professor Katherine Federle, Moritz College of Law
|1:30 p.m.||A Case Study of School Funding: DeRolph v. Ohio
Moderator: Michael Deemer, Legal Counsel, Ohio Senate Minority Caucus
|3:30 p.m.||Keynote Address
Moderator: Associate Dean Kathy Northern, Moritz College of Law