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A recent Education Week article discusses Professor Henry M. Levin's new role at Teachers College as director of the new National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.The article, "Levin To Launch Privatization Center at Columbia," was printed on April 7, 1999. For more information, go to www.edweek.com.
In the 1998-99 academic year, Henry M. Levin, a nationally known experton economics and education, joined the Teachers College faculty. Levinhas spent much of his career studying the impact, equity, and efficacyof vouchers and other movements towards privatizing education. Throughhis research and his consulting with education, government, andbusiness leaders, what became obvious to Levin was the lack of reliablesources of information for informing the rising public debate onvouchers, contracting of services, for-profit institutions in highereducation, and a variety of forms of educational privatization. He wasalso concerned that evidence supporting claims of both advocates anddetractors of privatization is fragmentary or non-existent, and thereis no disinterested authority available to test and verify theirclaims. The result is that policy-makers, school leaders, the press,and society as a whole do not have reliable information on which todraw accurate inferences.
In response to this concern, Levinestablished the National Center for the Study of Privatization inEducation at the College in 1999. The goal of the Center is to providea neutral and respected voice that can sort out the issues and evidenceon the many issues surrounding privatization in education. The Centerwill undertake research to determine the impact of different forms ofprivatization on education. It will seek to answer the question, whatworks best for schools and children. The Center will also work directlywith schools and districts to evaluate reform efforts. Results of theCenter's research and evaluation will be disseminated to educationpractitioners and to the general public through an extensive Web site,active involvement with the media, publications, and conferences.
InApril 1999, the Center held its inaugural event-a national conferencefocusing on issues surrounding the movement towards privatization ineducation. Over 150 advocates and opponents of privatization and a mixof educational representatives from both public and private schools,teachers organizations, investment firms, foundations, civil rightsgroups, and educational associations attended the conference. ArthurLevine says "giving everyone-from education researchers to teachers tothe public-a place to convene to think about the issue of privatizationand school choice will help us all make informed decisions that willlead to improving education."
The Center has received grants from the Achelis and Bodman Foundations, the Ford Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Published Friday, Jan. 1, 1999

National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education

In the 1998-99 academic year, Henry M. Levin, a nationally known experton economics and education, joined the Teachers College faculty. Levinhas spent much of his career studying the impact, equity, and efficacyof vouchers and other movements towards privatizing education. Throughhis research and his consulting with education, government, andbusiness leaders, what became obvious to Levin was the lack of reliablesources of information for informing the rising public debate onvouchers, contracting of services, for-profit institutions in highereducation, and a variety of forms of educational privatization. He wasalso concerned that evidence supporting claims of both advocates anddetractors of privatization is fragmentary or non-existent, and thereis no disinterested authority available to test and verify theirclaims. The result is that policy-makers, school leaders, the press,and society as a whole do not have reliable information on which todraw accurate inferences.
In response to this concern, Levinestablished the National Center for the Study of Privatization inEducation at the College in 1999. The goal of the Center is to providea neutral and respected voice that can sort out the issues and evidenceon the many issues surrounding privatization in education. The Centerwill undertake research to determine the impact of different forms ofprivatization on education. It will seek to answer the question, whatworks best for schools and children. The Center will also work directlywith schools and districts to evaluate reform efforts. Results of theCenter's research and evaluation will be disseminated to educationpractitioners and to the general public through an extensive Web site,active involvement with the media, publications, and conferences.
InApril 1999, the Center held its inaugural event-a national conferencefocusing on issues surrounding the movement towards privatization ineducation. Over 150 advocates and opponents of privatization and a mixof educational representatives from both public and private schools,teachers organizations, investment firms, foundations, civil rightsgroups, and educational associations attended the conference. ArthurLevine says "giving everyone-from education researchers to teachers tothe public-a place to convene to think about the issue of privatizationand school choice will help us all make informed decisions that willlead to improving education."
The Center has received grants from the Achelis and Bodman Foundations, the Ford Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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