April 19, 2013
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Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs
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The UT Opportunity Forum is pleased to announce an upcoming discussion with education experts on the unresolved issue of school finance in Texas. The event is presented by UT Opportunity Forum, The Texas Tribune, and the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Panelists include:

Florence Shapiro, a former public school teacher, Plano city councilwoman and mayor first elected to represent Senate District 8 in 1993. In the Senate, she served as chairwoman of the Public Education Committee for 10 years. She passed legislation affecting the state's school finance system in the areas of property taxes, funding and teacher pay and established the incentive-pay program. She has also focused her efforts on educational reform at the high school level that promotes college readiness and supports better accountability standards for schools.

Scott Hochberg, a former state representative and current lecturer at Rice University. He was first elected to represent southwest Houston in 1993 and served in the Texas House for 20 years. He currently teaches a course at Rice University on education policy, drawing from his experience serving 10 terms on the House Public Education Committee and three terms as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

David Thompson, a partner at Thompson & Horton, LLC. He represents public school districts, junior colleges and other educational entities in the Gulf Coast area and across Texas. Thompson serves as legislative counsel for the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Fast Growth School Coalition, the Houston Independent School District, other school districts and education organizations, and has been actively involved in most legislative activities affecting public education in the past 20 years.

Kent Grusendorf, executive director of Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education. He is a former member of the State Board of Education and served in the Texas House from 1987 to 2007. While in the House, he served as chairman of the House Education Committee during the last public school finance debate.


Friday, April 19, 2013

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Complimentary lunch will be served at noon. Conversation begins at 12:15 p.m.

Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs (map)

Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Please RSVP not later than Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 5pm.

Questions?? Contact or 512-716-8641.

This event is generously supported by Thompson & Horton, LLC and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).

Specific audiences:
  • Texas Law students
  • Prospective students
  • Texas Law alumni
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • General public
Sponsored by:
  • William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the sponsor listed above or the Texas Law Special Events Office at no later than seven business days prior to the event.