When Millersville student Jane Pugliese ‘16M, wrote her master’s thesis analyzing the socioeconomic, ethnic and racial makeup of Lancaster County’s 65 public elementary schools and their academic performance – she had no idea it would be the basis for a community-wide forum.

Pugliese, the former director of Economic Development at the Lancaster County Planning Commission and the former director of the Inner City Group in Lancaster will be one of the panelists at the January 24th forum at The Ware Center.

Millersville University’s College of Education and Human Services and LNP Media Group present, “Pushing the Boundaries of Diversity: A Town Hall on Socioeconomic School Integration.” This forum focuses on the academic, civic, economic and social-emotional benefits of schools integrated by socioeconomic measures.

Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation in Washington and a leading expert and author on socioeconomic school integration, and Mark Hare, journalist and member of the leadership group at Good Schools for All, will deliver keynote addresses.

State and local educational and community leaders will participate in a panel discussion about issues of concentrated poverty, high-poverty schools, student achievement, and economic balance in student populations.  Panel members will interact with each other and with members of the audience in town hall style.

In addition to Pugliese, Kahlenberg and Hare, the panel is expected to include: Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education; Dr. Tim Mahoney, associate professor and chair of the Educational Foundations department and chair of the Teacher Education Council at Millersville University; and P. Mike Sturla, State Representative for the 96th Legislative District.

The event is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required. You can register for the event here.

The Millersville Education on Location series focuses on national issues at home.

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