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Saturday, September 28 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
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When charter school operators and public school districts put aside their differences and join forces, students win.

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Bekah McNeel

Correspondent for The 74
McNeel is a San Antonio-based correspondent for The 74, an education-focused outlet, where she covers the Texas Legislature’s battle over school choice, various lawsuits filed by school districts against the state and Texas’ school finance system. Her work has also appeared in... Read More →

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Yasmin Bhatia

Chief Executive Officer of Uplift Education
Bhatia joined the public charter school network Uplift Education in 2009. Previously, she spent nine years as a consultant at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, during which time she served the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the city of Dallas and the Annie... Read More →
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Orlando Riddick

Superintendent of the Midland Independent School District
Riddick began as superintendent of Midland ISD in 2017, where he has initiated “Listen, Learn, Lead,” an engagement strategy for active community members to share input with the district. Previously, he served for three years as superintendent of Cedar Hill ISD and served two... Read More →
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Bethany Solis

Executive Director of the Permian Basin Region for IDEA Public Schools
Solis first joined the public charter school network IDEA Public Schools in 2005 as a teacher at its campus in Donna, Texas. As executive director of the Permian Basin region, she oversees 14 schools in Midland and Odessa. Previously, Solis was the founding elementary principal of... Read More →

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