(Chicago, Illinois - August 4, 2006) On July 27, 2006 Lisa Snell--director of education and child welfare at the California-based Reason Foundation--spoke at a luncheon event hosted by the Illinois School Choice Initiative about the pitfalls of universal preschool and the benefits of weighted student funding as a viable and effective K-12 reform.
Snell has testified before the California State Legislature and numerous government agencies and has written more than a dozen policy studies on school violence, charter schools, and child advocacy centers. Earlier this year, she traveled California educating voters about the pitfalls of the recently defeated universal preschool measure. After winning the battle against all odds in California, Snell is moving to new battlegrounds in Illinois and Wisconsin, where she is already scheduled to testify.
Snell is a regular contributor to School Reform News and Privatization Watch. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Newark Star-Ledger, and numerous other publications.
Prior to joining Reason, Snell taught public speaking and argumentation courses at California State University, Fullerton. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication from that university.
For more information about the Illinois School Choice Initiative contact Phylicia Lyons at 312/377-4000 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.