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The Economics of the Achievement Gap: The Challenge and Price of Failure

  • Location: 2012 ABA IRR Spring Conference, Boston, MA

May 2012, James J. Heckman

The ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (Chaired by ABF Board Member Kay Hodge) held its spring conference on education law at Boston University School of Law. "The Unfinished Work of Thurgood Marshall: Addressing the Achievement Gap in Education" featured six plenary sessions, an opening reception, and a keynote luncheon with an address by Arturo González, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s litigation department.

One highlight of the conference was a showcase panel on the economics of the achievement gap in education featuring ABF Research Professor James J. Heckman and Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree. The panel was moderated by Massachusetts Secretary of Education, Paul Reville, and stressed the long-term benefits of investing in early education opportunities.

Other issues covered at the conference included legislative, governmental, and policy reform tactics; innovative/alternative methods for improving academic achievement; and the importance of lawyers who advocate for education rights in the public spectrum.

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