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April 18, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Student Center Ballroom | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: FREE
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The College of Education invites you to attend a dynamic debate and discussion with national and local experts about school choice and the future of Detroit's public schools. Lloyd C. Crews, Ph.D., a College of Education alumnus and a member of the Southfield City Council, will serve as moderator.

A reception, which will include remarks from Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson, will begin at 5 p.m. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

National Perspectives | Keynote Debate | 5:30 p.m.

Come hear Richard D. Kahlenberg, senior fellow at The Century Foundation, and Patrick J. Wolf, Ph.D., professor and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice at the University of Arkansas, discuss their views about the possibilities and potential risks related to public school choice and private school vouchers.

Local Perspectives | Panel Discussion | 6:15 p.m.

Local leaders in education  — Tonya Allen, president and chief executive officer of The Skillman Foundation; Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Wayne State University; and Nikolai Vitti, Ed.D., superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District  — will explore ideas and issues related to the future of K-12 education in Detroit.

National Perspective | Final Takes | 7:15 p.m.

Kahlenberg and Wolf will share their thoughts about the future of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and registration is requested. Free parking is available in Structure 1. RSVP to receive more information about the program and parking.

President M. Roy Wilson presents "School Choice in Urban America: Prospects and Challenges" as part of a six-part symposia series featuring topics that reflect the institution's rich legacy of excellence in academics and research. The symposia are held in honor of Wayne State University's Sesquicentennial Celebration. The series is proudly sponsored by Pepsi. Visit to learn more about Wayne State's sesquicentennial. 

For more information about this event, please contact Jeff Lisiecki at 313-577-1910 or