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Loyola’s Education Law and Policy Institute

Education is Not a Business

David Kirp

Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Talk at 5 p.m.; Reception and book signing at 6 p.m.
Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested as space is limited. 

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David L. Kirp, James D. Marver Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, is a policy consultant and former newspaper editor as well as an academic. In his seventeen books and scores of articles, in both the popular press and scholarly journals, he has tackled some of America’s biggest social problems, including affordable housing, access to health, gender discrimination and AIDS. Throughout his career, his main focus has been on education and children’s policy, from cradle to college and career.  He was a member of the 2008 Presidential Transition Team, where he drafted a policy framework for early education, and he was recently elected to the National Academy of Education. 

His latest book, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, was named outstanding book of 2013 by the American Education Research Association. The book chronicles how an urban school district has brought poor Latino immigrant children, many of them undocumented, into the education mainstream.  His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, American Prospect, Nation, Slate, Daily Beast, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Huffington Post

Event is co-sponsored by: Loyola University Chicago School of Education, School of Social Work, Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program, Department of Psychology, and Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL); Voices for Illinois Children; and Family Action Network (FAN).

Selected Op-Eds by David Kirp include:
Make School a Democracy (NYT, February 28, 2015)
Closing the Math Gap for Boys (NYT, January 31, 2015)
Teaching is Not a Business (NYT, August 16, 2014)
The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools (NYT, February 9, 2013

Dedicated to Educational Excellence and Equity for Children

‌A vital component of the Civitas ChildLaw Center, the Loyola University Chicago Education Law and Policy Institute is designed for students, faculty, judges, practitioners, business leaders and policy makers who strive to serve the educational needs of children through the law.

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