Mayor Price to speak at Texas Tribune Festival

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will be among the more than 300 speakers scheduled at the 2018 Texas Tribune Festival, running Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin.

Price is scheduled to speak on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:45 a.m. on a panel discussing Pre-K education in Texas. The session will be in Studio 919 at the Texas Tribune, 919 Congress Ave.

Others on the panel include Sarah Baray, CEO of Pre-K 4 SA, the sales-tax funded city program designed to equip 4-year-old children to perform better in elementary and subsequent school years, Libby Doggett, former deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning at the U.S. Department of Education, and Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Fort Worth is involved in a coalition of business, civic, education, philanthropic, nonprofit and volunteer leaders seeking to ensure that 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders are reading at grade level by 2025.

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Early training is essential in the face of research that indicates that 75 percent of students who struggle with reading in third grade never catch up and are four times more likely than other students to drop out of high school.

More than 100 interactive sessions on a variety of subjects will take place during the festival.

Conference passes include access to three days of programming, networking opportunities and special receptions. They are available for $250 until Labor Day, when the price will go up to $300. Special discounts are available for Texas Tribune members, students and educators.

Registration and discount information are available at:

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