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Thinking Beyond the Crisis: Five Big (and Affordable) Ideas to Transform the Lives of Children

David Kirp, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy; Thomas Timar, UC Davis, Faculty Director of CAP-Ed
Apr 07, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
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In KIDS FIRST, renowned education policy expert and child advocate David Kirp seeks to reshape America’s approach to supporting children, proposing a “Kids-First Agenda” guided by a simple, powerful “Golden Rule:” Every child deserves what’s good enough for a child you love.  While social programs for children have traditionally concentrated on helping the very poorest kids, Kirp argues that America’s middle class families also need help, and that a policy that benefits kids “cradle to career” across social strata is also a policy more likely to sustain popular support.

David L. Kirp is a professor and former acting dean at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2008, he served on President Obama’s Transition Team and, recently, he served on Tom Torlakson’s Transition Team.  He taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was founding director of the Harvard Center on Law and Education. He now writes for publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect and The Nation.

Joining David Kirp in this discussion will be Thomas Timar, UC Davis, Professor, Faculty Director of CAP-Ed.  Thomas Timar's areas of expertise include education finance, policy, and governance. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, he is also director of the UC Davis Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) and a member of the steering committee for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

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