2011 Legislative Summit: Working Families Sessions

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San Antonio LogoThe 2011 Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas included various policy sessions on the most pressing issues facing state legislatures. This page contains presentations and audio clips to Legislative Summit sessions related to working families policy.

The Sessions Included Are:

NCSL/Annie E. Casey Foundation Partnership on Family Economic Success
Return on Investment: Improving Results and Saving Money
Birth to Grade 3: Connecting Early Childhood to the Early Grades

NCSL/Annie E. Casey Foundation Partnership on Family Economic Success (Breakfast)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Patrick McCarthy of the Annie E. Casey Foundation presented the latest findings of the foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book and described ways to help parents move ahead financially. Mr. McMarthy discussed these various initiatives to help families succeed.

Moderator: Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas
Speaker: Patrick McCarthy, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Maryland

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Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a pharmacist for more than 31 years, represents a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. A former five-term state representative, she is now serving her fifth term as a Texas State Senator for District 26.

Senator Van de Putte focuses her efforts on children, veterans, and quality public education. She currently serves as Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, and serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Education, State Affairs, and Business and Commerce. She is also the Chair of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus.  Nationally, Senator Van de Putte has been actively involved in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), serving as President from 2006 to 2007. Senator Van de Putte is a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, where she served as President from 2003 to 2005.

Senator Van de Putte received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy. She was also a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1993.

Patrick T. McCarthy

Mr. McCarthy is the President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.

Prior to his becoming President and CEO, Mr. McCarthy was the Casey Foundation’s senior vice president where he oversaw the Foundation’s work on health, mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, education early childhood, child welfare and income security issues. He has managed several of the Foundation’s initiatives including Casey Family Services, the foundation’s direct service agency, and the foundation’s strategic consulting group.

Prior to joining the Casey Foundation, Mr. McCarthy administered and directed several human services agency programs in Delaware. He taught child and family practice, research methods and statistics at the graduate schools of social work of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Southern California, and has experience as a family therapist and administrator in programs for emotionally disturbed youth and drug addicted adults.

Mr. McCarthy has a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Return on Investment: Improving Results and Saving Money 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

From corrections and education to children's programs, evidence-based research, use of data and cost-benefit analysis are emerging as key tools for state legislatures to improve results and save money, and the most impressive examples to date are in adult and juvenile corrections.

Moderator: Senator John Whitmire, Texas
Speakers: Steve Aos, Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Washington
                 Tina Chiu, Vera Institute of Justice, New York
                 Senator Joe Negron, Florida

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Senator John Whitmire

Senator Whitmire represents the 15th Senatorial District of the State of Texas. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1982 after serving 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives. Senator Whitmire ranks first in seniority and is the "Dean of the Texas Senate." Senator Whitmire serves as Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Government Organization Committee, Administration Committee, and the Business and Commerce Committee. Senator Whitmire serves as a member of the Texas Sunset Commission which is responsible for reviewing state agencies to identify and eliminate duplication and inefficiency in state government. Senator Whitmire earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston and attended the Bates College of Law. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1981 and is attorney of counsel to the law firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP.

Steve Aos

Steve Aos is the director of the Institute for Public Policy, the non-partisan research arm of the Washington State legislature. He has 34 years of experience conducting cost-benefit analyses and communicating the results to policy makers in a wide range of public policy areas, as well as in the private sector. His work has become the primary source of evidence on the cost-effectiveness of prevention programs in the US. In addition, the institute has been effective in altering the balance of expenditure in Washington in favor of prevention. His current work focuses on identifying and evaluating the costs and benefits of programs and policies that reduce crime, improve K-12 educational outcomes, reduce child abuse and neglect, improve mental health, and reduce substance abuse. Mr. Aos has many years of experience in energy economics and regulatory policy as well.

Tina Chiu

Tina Chiu is the director of technical assistance at the Vera Institute of Justice and currently heads Vera’s Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit. Ms. Chiu joined Vera in 1999 and has worked with jurisdictions and policymakers on a variety of issues, including police-immigrant relations, prison conditions, juvenile justice and youth development, adult sentencing and corrections, and responses to domestic violence. Before coming to Vera, Ms. Chiu was a research associate at Columbia University, specializing in community economic development. She has a BA in liberal arts from St. John's College, an MA in history and philosophy of science from the University of Chicago, and an MS in urban planning from Columbia University.

Senator Joe Negron

Senator Negron represents District 28 in the Florida State Senate. Senator Negron is Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee and Vice Chair of the Budget Committee. From 2000 to 2006, he served in the Florida House of Representatives, the final two years as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

Senator Negron is a native Floridian, born in West Palm Beach. He has an undergraduate degree from Stetson University, a law degree from Emory University and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. Senator Negron practices law with the statewide law firm of Gunster. He and his wife, Rebecca, have three children and live in Stuart, Florida. Senator Negron has focused his legislative efforts on the budget, insurance issues and protection of individual liberties.

Birth to Grade 3: Connecting Early Childhood to the Early Grades 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 

Recent research indicates that third grade is a strong predictor for future academic achievement and graduation success. Participants listened to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson talk about the importance of making efforts throughout early childhood to increase a child's likelihood of academic success. Patricia Kempthorne discussed the importance of supporting families in their efforts to prepare children for school.

Moderator: Representative Omeria McDonald Scott, Mississippi
Speakers: Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, California 
                 Patricia Kempthorne, Twiga Foundation, Idaho 

Resources: 2010 KIDS COUNT Special Report: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters


Mayor Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson was elected in November 2008 to serve as mayor of Sacramento. Mayor Johnson is the 55th mayor and the first African American to serve in this office. During the first two years in office, he has accomplished a number of objectives to ensure that all Sacramento students attend excellent public schools and is being referred to nationally as the education mayor. At the national level, Mayor Johnson serves as chair for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Mayors Advisory Council and is leading a newly formed U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Public Education. He also formed STAND UP for Sacramento Schools, a 501c3 organization focused on accountability, school choice, human capital, parent engagement and effective policy.

Upon retiring from the NBA after 12 seasons with the Phoenix Suns in 2000, he returned to Sacramento to serve as CEO of St. Hope to revitalize inner-city communities. He founded St. Hope Public pre-k through 12th grade charter school, which demonstrated a reverse achievement gap. He serves on a number of national boards and councils and has received national awards and honors for his work including President George Bush’s 411th Point of Light award. He is a graduate of the University of Califoria, Berkeley.

Patricia Kempthorne

Patricia Kempthorne is Founder and CEO of the Twiga Foundation. Ms. Kempthorne founded the Twiga Foundation in 2005, which is a non-profit corporation with a mission dedicated to inspiring, promoting and creating family-consciousness in the home, the workplace and the community. The Twiga Foundation has worked in partnership with national family and workforce organizations, universities and employers to promote workplace flexibility programs and policies across the country.

Ms. Kempthorne, who is also a former First Lady of Idaho, works with a number of programs with a special focus on the prevention of substance abuse in families and communities. She serves on numerous national and community boards including the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation Board of Directors, a unique coalition of Governors’ spouses and emeritus spouses, federal agencies and public and private organizations. She also serves on the Parents as Teachers National Board of Directors. Ms. Kempthorne has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Idaho.

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