Eric Hanushek: Can We Improve Urban Schools?

For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2009
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Eric Hanushek: Can We Improve Urban Schools?

Tom Bloch and the University Academy have joined the Kansas City Public Library to host a series of thought-provoking presentations by national experts titled What Works in Urban Education.

The first talk in this series features Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a leading expert on educational policy specializing in the economics and finance of schools. His presentation, Can We Improve Urban Schools?, takes place on Thursday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

“The improvement of urban schools depends crucially on providing highly effective teachers in the schools,” said Hanushek. “Doing this, however, is unlikely unless there are significant changes in the incentives and operations of the schools. The current incentives do not insure success in the public schools, and the future is dependent upon improving incentives so that success, rather than failure, is rewarded.”

A 2004 recipient of the Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship, Hanushek is a member of the International Academy of Education, the National Academy of Education, and an elected fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. Hanushek is also a prolific author with books including Courting Failure: How School Finance Lawsuits Exploit Judges’ Good Intentions and Harm Our Children, The Economics of Schooling and School Quality, and Making Schools Work: Improving Performance and Controlling Costs.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the presentation. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. A limited number of copies of Stand for the Best by Tom Bloch will be available to attendees at no charge. Hanushek’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Show-Me Institute and the Downtown Council.