Path ahead for education in Wisconsin and the nation discussion, Nov. 17 

The Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education will host a program titled “So Now What? The Path Ahead for Education in Wisconsin and the Nation,” on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

In Wisconsin, the outcome of the November elections, particularly for governor, will be an important marker in setting the course of education policy going forward, as a new state budget and legislative cycle begins.

Both here and across the nation, standardized test scores statewide have declined from pre-COVID levels, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic linger as an important factor in determining how to help students. How should we be and how are we addressing needed improvements in education and student achievement? 

The conference will include a presentation by Erin Richards, former education reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA Today and currently with the Center for Reinventing Public Education.

She will discuss the center’s recently released report, “The State of the American Student: Fall 2022.”

We then turn to a panel of Wisconsin education advocates with diverse standpoints, including: 

  • Aisha Carr, Milwaukee school board
  • Heather DuBois Bourenane, Wisconsin Public Education Network
  • Faith VanderHorst, Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance
  • Libby Sobic, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty 

The panel will be moderated by Alan J. Borsuk, Marquette Law School’s senior fellow in law and public policy and a longtime education journalist in Milwaukee.  

The program will begin at 8:20 a.m. in Eckstein Hall at Marquette Law School and the panel discussion will begin at about 9:30 a.m. The program will conclude by 11:00 a.m. 

The program will be held before an in-person audience, with live streaming available. It is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Please register online to attend in person.