Sense School Reform" Topic of UAlbany Lecture
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518)
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2004) -- Frederick M.
Hess, director of Educational Policy Studies at
the American Enterprise Institute, will discuss
"Common Sense School Reform: Politics and
Prospects" in a lecture at the University
at Albany on Thursday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m.
in Milne Hall, room 200 on the UAlbany downtown
Thomas Rogers, executive director of the New
York State Council of School Superintendents,
will offer comments in response to Hess' proposals.
Part of the Education Policy Seminar Continuing
Series, the lecture is free and open to the public.
Hess, a faculty associate of the Harvard University
program in Education Policy and Governance, believes
that reform strategies such as class size reduction
and enhanced professional development are insufficient.
He argues that real improvement requires a "bracing
regime of common sense reforms to create a culture
of competence by rewarding excellence, punishing
failure and giving educators the freedom and flexibility
to do their work."
A former high school social studies teacher,
Hess serves as a member of the research advisory
board for the National Center for Educational
Accountability. His books include Revolution
at the Margins and A
Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom?.
Hess earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in government from
Rogers is responsible for representing the public
policy interests of the state's 800 chief school
officers. Prior to his work with the Council,
he held positions in the administrations of the
current and former State Senate majority leaders
and served on the Education and Higher Education
transition teams for then Governor-Elect George
Pataki as an advisor.
The event is sponsored by UAlbany's Center for
Policy Research, the Department of Educational
Administration and Policy Studies and the School
of Education. A question-and-answer session will
follow the lecture. Light refreshments will be