Curry Talk by David G. Sciarra

Location: Bavaro Hall, Holloway Hall (Rm. 116)

Talk Title: Is Public School Funding Fair?
Talk Description: The capacity of state school finance systems to provide essential resources is crucial to improving education opportunities and outcomes for students. Do states sufficiently fund their public schools? Do they distribute funding to meet the additional needs generated by poverty, English language learner status, student disabilities, and other special needs? These and other issues impacting education equity will be discussed through the lens of the just released 2017 National Report Card, Is School Funding Fair?    
Speaker Bio: David G. Sciarra is Executive Director of the Education Law Center (ELC).  In addition to directing ELC’s legal and policy advocacy program, Mr. Sciarra serves as lead counsel to the plaintiff students in the landmark Abbott v. Burke litigation, achieving groundbreaking rulings on school funding, preschool, facilities and reform. Founded in 1973, ELC is a leading advocate for equal educational opportunity and education justice for public school children in the United States. David has practiced civil rights law since 1978.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and served on the U.S. Department of Education’s Commission on Education Equity and Excellence.  He is a co-author of the National Report Card, Is School Funding Fair? and has published numerous articles on education finance, early education, and education law, rights and policy.