Zoned - St. Louis Policy Breakfast

Event Details: 

Would we tolerate a world that assigned your child a doctor based on your zip code? Then why do we tolerate a world that does that for something just as important as their doctor: their education?

This St. Louis Policy breakfast features a screening of the new short film "Zoned," which explores a world where medical options are determined the same way education is determined for millions of children, by zip code.

The short screening will be followed by a panel discussion on education policy and school choice featuring local experts.

Featured Speakers:

Susan Pendergrass

Director of Research and Education Policy, Show-Me Institute

Before joining the Show-Me Institute, Susan Pendergrass was Vice President of Research and Evaluation for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she oversaw data collection and analysis and carried out a rigorous research program. Prior to coming to the National Alliance, she was a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush administration and a senior research scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics during the Obama administration.  Susan holds a doctorate in public policy from George Mason University with a concentration in social policy.

James V. Shuls

Assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Distinguished Fellow in Education Policy, Show-Me Institute.

The work of James Shuls has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Phi Delta Kappan, Social Science Quarterly, Education Week, The Rural Educator, Educational Policy, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.   He earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree from Missouri State University, both in elementary education. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, James taught first grade and fifth grade in southwest Missouri.