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The Civilians and School Choice


Oct 02 2017


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Civilians and School Choice

The Civilians and School Choice

A Conversation with Helen “Sunny” Ladd and Tom Nechyba

Nationally renowned educational policy experts Helen “Sunny” Ladd and Tom Nechyba (both of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics) discuss the school choice debate in North Carolina and the trend toward privatization in the U.S. public education system more broadly. The event coincides with the residency of NY-based investigative theater company The Civilians, who return to Duke to continue developing their new play on the charter school movement in North Carolina. The Civilians’ residency will culminate in a workshop reading of their new play, School Project, at Motorco Music Hall in downtown Durham on the evening of Wednesday, October 4.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Co-sponsored by Duke Performances and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. Made possible, in part, with support from Duke’s Department of Theater Studies and Program in Education.


Helen F. Ladd

Duke University

Helen F. Ladd is the Susan B. King Professor Emeritus of Public Policy Studies and professor of economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Her education research focuses on school finance and accountability, teacher labor markets, school choice, and early childhood programs. With colleagues at Duke University and…...

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Thomas Nechyba

Duke University

Thomas Nechyba is Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and director of the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. In addition to his extensive research on public finance and fiscal federalism, his studies have focused on the economics behind primary and secondary education. His investigations into these issues have…...

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