Education reform forum convenes this Saturday

Restoring Excellence in Education, a forum that will examine reform issues in both K-12 and higher education, will be held this Saturday, January 14 at Saint Cloud State University. It will feature RiShawn Biddle, editor and publisher of the education reform website Dropout Nation; and Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

The morning session, focusing on K-12, will examine teacher quality, environmental activism (with commentator Erin Haust), school choice, and Minnesota legislation. Minnesota state Rep. Steve Gottwalt (R-St. Cloud) and Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton) will provide their insights. Erickson chairs the Minnesota House Education Reform Committee and is a member of the Education Finance Committee. Allen Quist, education reform author and candidate for Representative in the Minnesota First Congressional District, will join the morning panel discussion.

Higher ed will be discussed in the afternoon session, including expectations, political correctness, and the U.S. Department of Education. Minnesota state Rep. King Banaian (R-St. Cloud) will moderate the afternoon session, and Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona), who serves on the Minnesota House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee, will join the panel discussion. Dan Severson, candidate for U.S. Senate, will lead the discussion about the Department of Education.