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Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
The Campaign for Educational Equity: Symposium 2008

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11/17/2008 ~ 11/18/2008 at  Cowin Center, Teachers College

Henry Levin

William H Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University

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Henry M. Levin is the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Co-Director of the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education, and David Jacks Professor of Higher Education and Economics, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He is a specialist in the economics of education and human resources, and has published 20 books and about 300 articles on these and related subjects. At present he is doing research on educational reform, educational vouchers, cost-effectiveness analysis, costs to society of inadequate education, and educational privatization, and benefit-cost studies in education. His most recent books are: Privatizing Educational Choice (Paradigm Publishers, 2005), and The Price We Pay: Economic and Social Costs of Inadequate Education (Brookings, 2007).

Levin has worked as an economist at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and has served Director of the Institute for Research on Educational Finance at Stanford and the Accelerated Schools Project, a national school reform initiative for accelerating the education of at-risk youngsters encompassing about 1,000 schools in 41 states. He has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Russell Sage Foundation. In 1992, the New York Times named him in its special issue on educational reform as one of “nine national leaders in education innovation”. He is also a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Service Award of the American Educational Finance Association and an elected member of both the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education. He has been a member and President of the Palo Alto (CA) School Board and is President (2008-09) of the Comparative and International Education Society.