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Forum planned on spending school tax dollars

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Robertson Hall

A forum titled "The 'E' in Thorough and Efficient: How Can We Ensure Efficiency in Spending School Tax Dollars?" is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Robertson Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs' Policy Institute for the Region and the New Jersey School Boards Association.

In the first morning session, experts will discuss the wisdom and feasibility of the consolidation of school districts and address issues such as economy of scale, organizational efficiency, sharing of services, provision of special services and transportation.

The second morning panel of experts will discuss relationships between efficiency measures and school formulae, consider whether or not a school formula can guarantee efficiency, analyze the methods of measuring a school district's efficiency and debate the cost efficiency of school programs.

Paul Tractenberg, the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor and Alfred C. Clapp Distinguished Public Service Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, will deliver the morning keynote address. Hugh Price, the Weinberg/Sachs Visiting Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School and former president of the National Urban League, will deliver the luncheon address.

The forum will conclude with an afternoon panel discussion that focuses on performance accountability and service delivery. Experts will explore the current thinking related to accountability and performance to include how to best measure performance of the student, the teaching team and the school.

The forum is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit the Policy Institute for the Region website. For more information, contact Georgette Harrison at

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