The Heartland Institute

3939 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights

United States

School Choice Debate

The Heartland Institute
3939 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

September 22, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Please join us on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to hear Bruno Behrend and Troy LaRaviere debate the subject of school choice, charters, and privatization. The main focus will be on the effects on parents and students in Chicago. There will be a chance for audience members to question both debaters.

The speakers:

Bruno Behrend, J.D. is a senior fellow for education policy at The Heartland Institute. He is a coauthor, with Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast and Policy Advisor Ben Boychuk, of “The Parent Trigger: A Model for Transforming Education,” a Heartland Policy Brief released in August 2010.

In 2009, Behrend served as the policy director/strategist to a gubernatorial candidate in the Illinois primary election. In 2008, he co-authored Illinois Deserves Better – The Ironclad Case for an Illinois Constitutional Convention, which coincided with a campaign to pass a referendum calling for a constitutional convention in the state. He also served as an advisor to various groups seeking to rewrite the legislative article of the Illinois Constitution.

From 2006 through 2008, Behrend hosted a radio show in the Northern Chicago metropolitan area. The show showcased various authors and policy specialists, including Steve Forbes, Phoenix University Founder John Sperling, columnist Mark Steyn, author Shelby Steele, and Heartland Senior Fellow Jay Lehr.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he earned his degree in finance. He earned his J.D. from IIT-Kent College of Law in 1990 and is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.

Troy LaRaviere is a Chicago Public Schools principal at Blaine Elementary School. LaRaviere was the 2012 and 2013 winner of the Chicago Principal Merit Bonus for exceptional student growth in reading and math, and for narrowing the achievement gap.

LaRaviere was an assistant principal with Chicago Public Schools from 2007 to 2011, during which time he transformed the school climate to enhance instruction and improve student achievement. LaRaviere’s techniques were proven with an increase from 41.9 to 62.2 in meets/exceeds in ISAT reading along with an increase from 44.2 to 64.2 in mathematics.

LaRaviere worked as a teacher in both Chicago Public Schools and Champaign Unit 4 Schools. In addition LaRaviere built partnerships between the University of Illinois and community organizations in low-income neighborhoods as a director in the Urban Exchange Community Partnership Center.

The event is free but advance registration is required.
No unregistered walks-ins will be allowed.

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