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Virtual Professional Development Program for Educators

Federal Debt and Spending: A Crisis?

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Brian Riedl
Brian Riedl

Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Caryn Rossiter

Manager, Sphere Education Initiatives, Cato Institute

Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards

Kilts Family Chair in Fiscal Studies

William G. Gale
William G. Gale

Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy, Brookings Institution

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Join Sphere Education Initiatives on Tuesday, January 11, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST for a conversation about federal debt and spending.

  • This event will be presented via Zoom.
  • All Sphere alumni and interested educators for grades 5–12 are eligible to attend.
  • Earn professional development for attending.

About $29 trillion of federal debt. Trillions more in proposed spending by Congress. Every day features more news stories about federal debt and spending. Are we in a spending and debt crisis? Join us for a conversation with three policy experts to learn the facts about the current situation and the potential consequences.

Following our panel discussion, the Foundation for Teaching Economics will introduce new lessons developed to help you bring this important conversation to your classroom.

Our panel will feature Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, Brian Riedl, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and William Gale, Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy at the Brookings Institution. Caryn Rossiter, manager of Sphere Education Initiatives, will moderate the conversation. Debbie Henney, curriculum director at the Foundation for Teaching Economics, will offer professional development.



A Crisis?

A conversation with Chris Edwards, Brian Riedl, and William Gale

Moderated by Caryn Rossiter



Presented by, Debbie Henney
Foundation for Teaching Economics