School Boards Under Fire

Tuesday, January 25 | 7:30-9pm

From book banning to teaching of critical race theory, educators and parents across the county are clashing over what can and can’t be taught in the classroom. Teachers are caught in the middle of some of the biggest flash points in this country’s culture wars. We examine the role of school boards and some state laws that are fueling the latest culture wars.

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Moderator

Tom Edsall
Professor of Political Journalism at Columbia University and New York Times Opinion Writer

Tom Edsall joined Columbia after a 25 year career at The Washington Post. He is currently writing an online opinion column for The New York Times. Edsall is also a correspondent for The New Republic and has reported on politics for The Baltimore Sun and The Providence Journal. Edsall is the author of five books including Pulitzer finalist, "Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics".   

Panelists

Adam Harris
Staff Writer at the Atlantic & author of "The State Must Provide"

Adam is a staff writer at The Atlantic where he has covered education and national politics since 2018. He is the author of The State Must Provide, a narrative history of racial inequality higher education. He was previously a reporter at the Chronical of Higher Education, where he covered federal education policy and historically black colleges and universities. He was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 list. He is currently working on his second book, Is This America?, a history of the South’s role in politics and how the region shapes us as a nation. 

Rebecca Jacobsen
Michigan State University Professor of Education Policy

Rebecca Jacobsen is a Professor of Education Policy at Michigan State University. Her background is in politics and education where she has focused on public opinion and its impact on education policy. She has also written about the politics of charter schools and the achievement gap. 

Nicholas Tampio
Professor of Political Science at Fordham University

Nicholas Tampio teaches courses in political theory and education policy at Fordham University. He has published peer-reviewed work on education standards with Johns Hopkins University Press and in the Journal of Politics. In addition to his scholarly work, he writes for public-facing outlets such as the Boston Globe, USA TODAY, and the Washington Post. 

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