Thursday, April 18, 2013

Parent Talk Live: Interview with Dr. Francis Shen


Dr. Mike Robinson, host of Parent Talk Live discussed the effectiveness of Mayoral governance of public schools. According to a recent study commissioned by the Center for America Progress entitled: Mayoral Governance and Student Achievement: How Mayor-Led Districts Are Improving School and Student Performance Mayoral control schools over a 15-year period were positively associated with investment in teaching staff, more spending on instruction, smaller student-teacher ratios, a greater percentage of resources allocated for K-12 student support, a larger percentage of revenue from state.

Joining Dr. Robinson to examine the efficiency of school systems lead by Mayors was Francis X. Shen,Ph.D.  Dr. Shen is the co-author of the Mayoral Governance and Student Achievement: How Mayor-Led Districts Are Improving School and Student Performance report commissioned by Center for America Progress.  Dr. Shen will discuss the findings of his report and outline the challenges of a public school takeover.


About Dr. Francis X. Shen


Dr. Shen is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he teaches Education Law and Policy. Dr. Shen conducts empirical and legal research at the intersection of law and neuroscience, with a particular focus on the domains of education and crime. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was a doctoral fellow in the Harvard University Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, supported by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Shen has published a number of articles on urban education governance, and co-authored The Education Mayor (2007, Georgetown Univ. Press).

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