MEDIA ADVISORY: NC Policy Watch Hosts Crucial Conversation on Lifting the Charter School Cap

On Wednesday, March 30, NC Policy Watch will host Dr. Helen Ladd and State Rep. Rick Glazier as they discuss the proposal to lift the cap on charter schools in North Carolina

WHO: NC Policy Watch, Dr. Helen Ladd, Duke Professor of Economics & Public Policy, and State Rep. Rick Glazier
WHAT: Crucial Conversation Luncheon
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 12 p.m. (with lunches available at 11:30 a.m.)
WHERE: Marbles Kids Museum, 210 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh
COST: $10 (includes box lunch)
CONTACT: Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, rob@ncpolicywatch.com, (919) 861-2065

RALEIGH (March 28, 2011) – Join NC Policy Watch on March 30 for their “Crucial Conversation” event to address the ongoing debate over charter schools in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Dr. Helen Ladd, Duke Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and State Representative Rick Glazier will join NC Policy Watch to discuss the proposal to lift the cap on charter schools in North Carolina, which would greatly expand an innovative but controversial experiment. They will address critical questions surrounding the proposal, including the track records of charter schools, their benefits and drawbacks, and whether the experiment with charter schools is an effective solution for the public education system.

Dr. Ladd is the Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy Studies and professor of economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She has written numerous articles and books on education policy, charter schools, school segregation, teacher labor markets, and teacher quality. State Rep. Glazier of Cumberland County, a key voice in addressing public education issues at the General Assembly, is currently the sponsor of legislation that would lift the state’s cap on the number of charter schools.

Pre-registration is required for the event, as space is limited. Visit NC Policy Watch’s website at www.ncpolicywatch.com to register.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, (919) 861-2065, rob@ncpolicywatch.com; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615.