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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 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
School Finance: After 30 Years of Litigation, How Can Texas Restructure Education to Benefit Students?

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This panel will discuss the school finance case before the Texas Supreme Court and opportunities for reform this litigation effort presents. Additionally, this panel will discuss the structure of educational delivery from a historical perspective, explore structural changes to enhance educational opportunities for Texas students, and examine new formula concepts to achieve that objective.  

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
avatar for Michael Barba

Michael Barba

Policy Analyst, Center for Education Freedom, Texas Public Policy Foundation
The second of three sons, Michael Barba was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Dallas, where he majored in philosophy and politics. Following graduation, he completed a Graduate Student Fellowship at the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis. While working on his graduate degree—also from the University of Dallas—he began working for a small Austin-based start-up... Read More →
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Chris Diamond

Sprague, Rustam & Diamond, P.C.
Chris was licensed to practice law in May 1995. His experience is in civil litigation including insurance defense (first- and third-party), insurance coverage involving auto, home, garage, and construction policies, personal injury defense, general liability defense, and commercial litigation. He has tried in excess of 50 first-chair jury trials in areas including general negligence, automobile negligence, construction injuries and... Read More →
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Rick Gray

Lawyer, Gray & Becker, P.C.
Preparatory education: Washington and Lee University, B.A. with honors (1973); legal education: University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors (1976). Private practice of law with BUTLER, BINION, RICE, COOK & KNAPP, Houston, Texas, specializing in litigation (1976-80); Executive Assistant to Attorney General Mark White (1980-82); has served as Special Counsel to Attorney General Jim Mattox (1983-86) and Special Counsel to Attorney... Read More →
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Senator Don Huffines

Texas State Senate
Senator Don Huffines is a real estate developer serving his first term in the Texas Senate. He believes in liberty, limited government, personal responsibility, and that individuals have the God-given right to pursue their own path, to succeed or fail. He represents Senate District 16, which serves the north half of Dallas County. In his first session - his first time holding public office - Senator Huffines was a champion for more transportation... Read More →


Thursday January 7, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Salon J

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