A professor at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Dr. Magnus Lofstrom, along with two other distinguished panelists, will discuss the causes and costs associated with high school dropouts during a public policy seminar on Friday, Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Belo Mansion, located at 2101 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas. The event is free and open to the public.
Featured speakers include:
- Lofstrom, an assistant professor of economics in the School of Economics, Political and Policy Sciences at UTD. His work charts the impact of dropping out on a student’s financial prospects. He also studies welfare issues — including how welfare behavior differs between immigrants and native-born individuals — and the dynamics of self-employment.
- Dr. John Tyler, chairman and associate professor in the Department of Education at Brown University. Tyler is a leading scholar on the efficacy of the GED. His research interests include human capital development, examining returns to skills in the labor market, K-12 school reform, adult education and prison-based education and training.
- Dr. Angela Valenzuela, a professor in the Cultural Studies in Education Program at The University of Texas at Austin. Valenzuela states that Texas’ emphasis on high-stakes standardized testing pushes many students, especially Latinos, to drop out. She is a fellow of Dallas’ J. McDonald Williams Institute, a contributor to the Williams Review and is the executive director of The University of Texas Education Policy Alliance.
The event is co-sponsored by UTD’s School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences; the Texas Schools Project, a research initiative of UTD; and the Williams Institute. For additional information, please contact Jim Murdoch at (972) 883-4989 or [email protected].