The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that Ohioans cannot use property taxes as the primary method of funding its public schools. As the Ohio Legislature works to find alternatives by its March deadline, the Donald R. Castle Memorial Endowed Lecture Series and the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs are sponsoring a symposium that will feature panelists from other states that have worked through this same problem. These four panelists will discuss what alternatives to property taxes other states have used, and also how other states used this opportunity to improve public education.
Assistant Attorney General, State of Ohio
Mr. Carroll, as Assistant Attorney General, is the Principal Attorney and Coordinator for Primary and Secondary Education. Mr. Carroll graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in government from Cornell University in 1976. In 1979 he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School. Prior to joining the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Carroll was in private practice specializing in civil litigation.
Michigan State Board of Education
Mr. Durant is the Chairman of the Board of the Cornerstone Schools and the President of the Genesis Foundation. He has served as a Vice-President at Hillsdale College, and he is a senior fellow at the Shavano Institute for National Leadership. Mr. Durant was elected in 1994 to the Michigan State Board of Education, and is its immediate past President.
President, Center for Education Reform
Mrs. Allen is the founder of the Center for Education Reform, a non-profit advocacy organization providing support and guidance to individuals who are working to bring fundamental reforms to their schools. Mrs. Allen is interviewed regularly by local and national media as a recognized authority on education reform issues. She is the author of The School Reform Handbook: How to Improve Your Schools.
President, Texas Justice Foundation
Mr. Parker is a former Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He and the Foundation were selected in June 1996 by the Texas State Board of Education to be one of the five official evaluators of the Texas Open-Enrollment Charter Program. He has been a key player in the Texas education reform debate since its state Supreme Court ruled its funding system unconstitutional.
Lisa Graham Keegan
Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mrs. Keegan formerly served in the Arizona House of Representatives. She was the chairman of the House Education Committee, and she was the sponsor of Arizona’s charter school legislation. Mrs. Keegan recently testified before the Advisory Board to the President’s Initiative on Race in Fairfax, Virginia.