Fall Symposium at Teachers College to Focus on Costs of Inadequate Education
Leading Education Economists Will Assemble for Inaugural Event Hosted by Campaign for Educational Equity
A gathering of the nation's leading education economists will present new findings this fall on "The Social Costs of Inadequate Education," the first in an annual series of symposia that will be conducted by the Teachers College Campaign for Educational Equity
The event - to be held at
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Papers presented at the symposium will "document existing educational inequities and estimate returns to society from improving educational equity and reducing inadequate education," Levin says. "Overall they will suggest and document that the gains in social benefits from adequate education - especially for the poor and key minorities - will vastly exceed the costs of improvement."
In addition to Levin, who has conducted policy analyses for the U.S. Senate and individual state governments, presenters at the Symposium include:
- Thomas Bailey of Teachers College, an expert on community colleges;
- Ronald Ferguson of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, an authority on racial dimensions of the achievement gap;
- Jane Junn, a political scientist at
Rutgers Universitywho has written widely on political participation and elections in the ; U.S.
- Peter Muennig of
's Mailman School of Public Health, who has explored the impact of educational disparities on health; Columbia University
- Enrico Moretti of the
Universityof Californiaat , who has investigated the impact of education on crime and violence; Berkeley Richard Rothstein, Visiting Professor at Teachers College and Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, who has written on class origins of the achievement gap.
They will discuss inadequate education in terms of:
- Income and Tax Returns
- Implications for Future Workforce
- Health Status and Social Costs
- Crime and Costs of Criminal Justice
- Welfare, Homelessness and Costs of Public Assistance
- Changing Demography and Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty
- Political and Citizenship Participation
- Potential Educational and Social Interventions and Consequences
- Detailed Results for Early Childhood Interventions
Teachers College is the largest graduate school of education in the nation. Teachers College is affiliated with
Teachers College is dedicated to promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between the most and least advantaged groups in this country. Through programs of teaching, research, and service, the College draws upon the expertise of a diverse community of faculty in education, psychology and health, as well as students and staff from across the country and around the world.
The Campaign for Educational Equity is the public voice, research and action arm of Teachers College, dedicated to promoting equity through improved policy and practice.
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