Reason Weekend 2010: Talking School Choice with reformers Lisa Snell, Leslie Jacobs & Arwynn Mattix

Reason Foundation's Director of Education Lisa Snell hosts a panel with Leslie Jacobs, founder of education reform nonprofit Educate Now! As a former member of the New Orleans School Board, Jacobs was a driving force behind the charter school movement that rejuvenated the New Orleans public school system after Hurricane Katrina.

Also on the panel is Arwynn Mattix from the BASIS Education Group, which runs charter schools in Arizona that have attracted praise from figures such as Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton.

Topics of discussion include the success that the school choice movement has achieved, challenges it still faces, lessons learned, and plans for the future.

Approximately 40 minutes.

This discussion was part of Reason Weekend, an annual conference held by Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes This year's event took place in New Orleans from April 15-18 in New Orleans.

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