How Do Parental Perceptions of Schools Vary Across Sectors?




Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., The Johnson Center
1399 New York Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005

12:00 PM: Welcome

Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

12:10 PM: Presentation of Findings

Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
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Martin R. West, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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12:30 PM: Panel discussion

Chair: Martin R. West, Harvard Graduate School of Education

• Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
• Nina Rees, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
• Chris Cerf, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
• Howard Fuller, Marquette University

1:30 PM: Adjourn

Read “What Do Parents Think of Their Children’s Schools?” by Samuel Barrows, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West, and “How Satisfied are Parents with Their Children’s Schools?” By Albert Cheng and Paul E. Peterson.

Join the discussion on Twitter with @EducationNext using the hashtag #ENPoll


Paul E. Peterson
Paul Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government in the Department of Government at Harvard University. He directs the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance, is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and is senior editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, he is an author or editor of over 30 books, four of which have been identified as the best work in its field by the American Political Science Association.
Martin R. West
Martin West is associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also deputy director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and editor-in-chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. He received his Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University and his M.Phil in Economic and Social History from Oxford University. In 2013-14, West worked as senior education policy advisor to the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Nina Rees
Nina Rees is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Rees has over 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., most recently as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Knowledge Universe, a leading global education company with investments in early childhood education, before- and after-school programs and online instruction. Prior to her tenure at KU, she served as the first Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she oversaw the administration of 28 grant programs, supporting 1,300 projects and was responsible for spearheading innovative federal programs and policies such as school choice, charter schools, alternative routes to teacher certification and school leadership. She also helped coordinate the implementation of several provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Prior to joining the Education Department, Rees served as Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Chris Cerf
Superintendent Chris Cerf joined Newark Public Schools in July 2015, after having served as the New Jersey Commissioner from January 2011 to February 2014. He has comprehensive experience in large city school leadership positions having served as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education during the Bloomberg Administration. During his career, Cerf has also served as Associate Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Law Clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He also taught high school history for four years.
Howard Fuller
Howard Fuller’s career includes many years in both public service positions and the field of education.  Dr. Fuller is a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Immediately before his appointment at Marquette University, Dr. Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools June 1991 – June 1995. He is the Chair of the Board of Milwaukee Collegiate Academy. He also serves on the Board of The Black Alliance for Educational Options, Milwaukee Region Board of Teach for America, Milwaukee Charter School Advocates and Education Cities. He is an Advisory Board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Association for Charter School Authorizers.


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