Salt Lake City, UT – The Sutherland Institute will hold a press conference concerning the nation’s first universal school voucher program on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 2:00 pm, in its offices at the Crane Building, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005, Salt Lake City. This is an opportunity to hear from school voucher experts who have experienced vouchers first-hand in other parts of the nation.
“This press conference represents an important educational opportunity for Utahns as they seek understanding regarding the state’s voucher policy,” said Katie Christensen, public relations manager forSutherland Institute. “These experts have either seen vouchers work in their own backyard or participated in the legal debate regarding this controversial policy.”
- Representative Jason Fields (D), Wisconsin House of Representatives: Rep. Fields is one of the leading African-American advocates for the Milwaukee voucher program and will describe what vouchers in Milwaukee have done to help this minority group. He will also discuss how vouchers have helped boost test scores for both private and public schools in Milwaukee.
- Rebeca Nieves Huffman, president and CEO of Hispanic CREO: Huffman leads national efforts to improve the educational outcomes for Hispanic children and will explain why school vouchers can help improve academic achievement and graduation rates for Utah’s largest minority population. She was noted by Hispanic Magazine as a “Top Latina Leader in Education.”
Clint Bolick, director of the Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute, and Jamie Story, education analyst for the Center for Education Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, will also be available for comment at the press conference. Mr. Bolick is a legal pioneer in defending state-based school choice programs and will address the legality of HB 148. He has argued and won significant cases in both state and federal courts, winning school choice victories in the Supreme Courts of Wisconsin, Ohio, and Arizona, as well as in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris before the Supreme Court of theUnited States. Ms. Story will explain why vouchers make good public policy