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October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Josh Cowen, PhD and Mina Hosseini

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Books & Books

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Date:
October 17
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue

Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Phone:
305.442.4408

The Books & Books Literary Foundation presents…

AN EVENING WITH JOSH COWEN, PHD

in conversation with

Mina Hosseini

discussing

The Privateers: How Billionaires Created a Culture War and Sold School Vouchers

(Harvard Education PR, $40.80)

Thursday, October 17th, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables

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The Books & Books Literary Foundation is proud to present an evening with Josh Cowen, PhD discussing The Privateers: How Billionaires Created a Culture War and Sold School Vouchers (Harvard Education PR, $40.80). He will be in conversation with Mina Hosseini. A deep-dive investigation of education privatization that reveals voucher programs as the faulty products of decades of work by wealthy patrons and influential conservatives.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.


About the Book:

A deep-dive investigation of education privatization that reveals voucher programs as the faulty products of decades of work by wealthy patrons and influential conservatives

In The Privateers, Josh Cowen lays bare the surprising history of tax-funded school choice programs in the United States and warns of the dangers of education privatization. A former evaluator of state and local school voucher programs, Cowen demonstrates how, as such programs have expanded in the United States, so too has the evidence-informed case against them.

This thought-provoking work traces the origins of voucher-based education reform to mid-twentieth-century fears over school desegregation. It shows how, in the intervening decades, a cabal of billionaire conservatives supporting a host of special political interests–including economic libertarianism, religious choice, and parental rights–have converged around the issue of education freedom in an ongoing culture war. Through deliberate policymaking, legislation, and litigation, Cowen reveals, an insular advocacy network has enacted a flawed system for education finance driven largely by dogma.

Far from realizing the purported goal of educational equity, privatization is failing students and exacerbating income inequality, Cowen finds. He cites multiple research studies that conclude that voucher programs return poorer academic outcomes, including lower test scores on state exams, especially among students who are at greater academic risk because of their race, their religion, their gender identity, or their family’s income. Continued advancement of these policies, Cowen argues, is an assault on public education as a defining American institution.

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About the Author:

Josh Cowen is a professor of education policy at Michigan State University and an author on topics related to education politics, school choice, and culture wars in the United States. In addition to all of the major academic outlets in his research field, his popular writing has appeared in outlets such as the Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, Hechinger Report, Houston Chronicle, New Republic, Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, Time, The Tennessean, and Washington Spectator. He lives in mid-Michigan with his family.

About the Moderator:

Mina Hosseini is a Miami native who was grew up in Miami’s public school system. Upon graduating from Miami Killian Senior High, she attended Florida International University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, earning an Executive Master of Science in Taxation. She went on to work with Deloitte Tax LLP servicing domestic and international clients before joining P.S. 305. Mina is a passionate advocate for children and is also a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer for the 11th Judicial Circuit. Serving as a voice for children in foster care, Mina is appointed to represent the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children. A resourceful and dynamic connector, Mina joined P.S. 305 to bring her background in professional services cultivated at Deloitte to a mission-driven organization of like-minded individuals in her local community. Mina is an advocate for all children and wants to inspire, engage, and activate members of the community in this pursuit.