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For over thirteen years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation has been one of the nation’s top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. 

Policy Orientation 2016 will be held January 6-8 at the Hilton Austin. For more information and to register, please visit policyorientation.com.
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Thursday, January 7 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Educational Choice: Is It Good for Texas?

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Approximately half the states have some form of private school choice.  Texas has none.  This panel will explore the most impressive parental choice programs adopted nationally.

Moderators
avatar for The Honorable Kent Grusendorf

The Honorable Kent Grusendorf

Senior Fellow, Center for Education Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Honorable Kent Grusendorf is the Senior Fellow in the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Education Freedom. | | Grusendorf was born near Abilene in Stanford, Texas, grew up in Waco and went to Arlington to attend college with only a band scholarship and $90 in his pocket. He spent most of his professional life in Arlington as a businessman and successful entrepreneur. Three months after graduating from college he started his... Read More →

Speakers
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Senator Scott Hammond

Nevada State Senate
Scott Hammond was born in New York. As Scott’s father was in the military, the family was then stationed in Alaska where he attended school. He graduated from Delta Junction High School. During the next few years he attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and the University of Utah. He finished his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in political science and then earned his teaching... Read More →
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Stacy Hock

Board Member, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Stacy Hock is a philanthropist, public policy activist, and business owner.  She serves on the boards of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the leading state-based conservative policy think tank, Aminex Therapeutics, an immunotherapy cancer drug company, and The African Dream Initiative, educating tomorrow’s African leaders.  Stacy recently transitioned off the boards of City Harvest, the largest food rescue organization in the... Read More →
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Dr. Charles Luke

Coordinator, Coalition for Public Schools
Charles A. Luke (born 1961) is an American educator, ordained minister, author, nonprofit leader and consultant and one of only a few sitting superintendents to run for a state political office in recent years. Luke has served as a leader in the Texas education and nonprofit arenas for over thirty years. His published writings include political analysis and educational funding. Luke attended Texas Tech University, graduating magna... Read More →
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Senator Larry Taylor

Texas State Senate
A native Texan, Larry attended Baylor University where he received his BBA in 1982. He and his wife Kerri are the proud parents of three adult children and a granddaughter, Lila. Larry owns Truman Taylor Insurance Agency in Friendswood, an independent agency started by his father more than 50 years ago. | Senator Taylor serves as the Chairman of the Senate Public Education Committee and as a member of the Senate Finance, Business and... Read More →


Thursday January 7, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
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