Gov. Joe Manchin will Keynote Public Policy Forum in West Virginia

Published June 25, 2010

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will keynote an open public policy forum Monday, July 19, 2010 co-sponsored by The Heartland Institute, Foundation for Educational Choice, and Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia. The event will take place in the Governor’s Press Conference Room at the Capitol Building in Charleston, West Virginia.

“I truly believe that some of the nonsense we have filtering down into the classroom — regulations, type of test, bureaucracy — is crap, and it’s not helping to gain the results,” Manchin said. “There needs to be more flexibility.”

Bruno Behrend, director of the Center for Education Reform at The Heartland Institute, said, “With 82 percent of West Virginia students not proficient in math and 77 percent not proficient in reading, the state is in dire need of real education reform. The special session called to address education issues, specifically charter schools, will provide legislators with a unique opportunity to look closely at education reform while under the national spotlight.”

This Heartland Policy Forum aims to educate and enlighten those inside and outside the capitol building about the major issues facing the public school system in West Virginia. Heartland is bringing together some of the leading experts from across the country and will offer a roadmap on how West Virginia can put its school house back in order.

The Heartland Institute is a 26-year-old national nonprofit research and education organization founded in Chicago. It is not affiliated with any political party, business, or foundation. Heartland’s mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

Please register today by calling Marc Oestreich at 312-377-4000 or contact him by email at [email protected].

Monday, July 19, 2010
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Governor’s Press Conference Room
Capitol Building
Charleston, West Virginia


Monday, July 19, 2010

10:50 am Opening Remarks
Marc Oestreich, education legislative specialist, The Heartland Institute

11:00 am Education Reform in West Virginia & S.B. 686
Governor Joe Manchin III, West Virginia (D)

11:30 am Effectiveness of School Choice
Lindsey Burke, Senior Education Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation

11:55 am The Case for Effective Charter Schools
Dr. Terry Wallace, Senior Fellow, Government Policy Research Center, West Liberty University

12:20 pm What Choice Can Do in West Virginia
Jeff Reed, Education Specialist, Foundation for Educational Choice

12:45 pm Introducing the “Parent Trigger”
Bruno Behrend, Director, Center for Education Reform, The Heartland Institute

1:00 pm Closing Remarks and Q&A