Public Education Experts to Gather for Texas Tribune Panel

Last Updated on November 13, 2015 at 10:22 am

What: The Texas Tribune conversation “Public Education: The Next Five Years”

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Conversation begins promptly at noon.

Where: Union Building East – Tomás Rivera Conference Center

Watch livestream here.

The Texas Tribune will be on the UTEP campus Nov. 13 to host the panel discussion “Public Education: The Next Five Years.” The conversation is the seventh installment of a special statewide event series looking ahead five years into eight major policy areas.

RSVPs are requested for entry. Free registration is open at the Texas Tribune website.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session. A light lunch will be provided. The conversation will be available via livestream at and at, and the video will be available for viewing afterward.

The Friday event will be followed on Monday, Nov. 16 with “A Symposium on Higher Education” at Baylor University featuring UTEP President Diana Natalicio. The panel “Higher Ed Exceptionalism” will take place at 8:45 a.m. MST. A livestream will be available at and at

The panel for “Public Education: The Next Five Years” includes:

• Juan Cabrera, superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District

• State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, member of the House Public Education Committee

• Lizzette González Reynolds, chief deputy commissioner for the Texas Education Agency

• Eduardo Rodriguez, interim executive director of the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development

• Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune’s CEO and editor-in-chief

For media RSVP, contact Agnes Varnum at or Jessica Weaver at

Hourly parking will be available at the Sun Bowl Park Parking Garage at the corner of University Avenue and Sun Bowl Drive. Parking is not included in registration.

This event is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Raise Your Hand Texas, Texas Standard, Educate Texas, College Board and UTEP and supported by The Meadows Foundation and the Burdine Johnson Foundation. This series of conversations is supported by AT&T, Texas A&M University, BP, PepsiCo, Walmart and Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Texas Tribune Events. Tribune events also are supported through contributions from its founding investors and members.

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