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Saturday, September 28 • 9:00am - 10:00am
The Future of Education

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What will it take to get today’s students ready for tomorrow’s Texas?

Presented by and programmed in partnership with TEXAS 2036. Also presented by Raise Your Hand Texas. Supported by the Austin Community College District, The Commit Partnership, Texas Charter Schools Association and the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 28. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

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Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously, he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. Smith also hosts “Overheard with Evan Smith,” airing on PBS stations nationally.

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Juliet V. García

Former President of the University of Texas at Brownsville
García served as president of the University of Texas at Brownsville for 22 years. She played a critical role in establishing the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she currently works as a professor. In 2016, Garcia joined the UT System as senior adviser to the chancellor... Read More →
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LaTonya Goffney

Superintendent of the Aldine Independent School District
Goffney was named superintendent of Aldine ISD in 2018, where she has overseen many initiatives in the district, including pilot pre-kindergarten, dual language immersion and college readiness programs. Previously, she served as superintendent of Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD and Lufkin... Read More →
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Mike Morath

Texas Education Commissioner
Morath was appointed education commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016. In this role he heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than five million Texas students. Previously, Morath served on the Dallas ISD board of... Read More →
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Margaret Spellings

CEO of Texas 2036 and Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Spellings is the CEO of Texas 2036, a public policy nonprofit that conducts research for policymakers to make informed decisions about the state’s future. Previously, she served as U.S. secretary of education under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, and most recently she... Read More →

Saturday September 28, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
TEXAS 2036 Tent