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David Plank

Before joining PACE in January 2007, David N. Plank was a Professor at Michigan State University, where he founded and directed the Education Policy Center. He was previously on the faculties at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he taught courses and conducted research in the areas of educational finance and policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1983. Plank is the author or editor of six books, including the AERA Handbook on Educational Policy Research. He has published widely in a number of different fields, including economics of education, history of education, and educational policy. His current interests include the role of the State in education, and the relationship between academic research and public policy. In addition to his work in the United States, Plank has extensive international experience. He has served as a consultant to international organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and also to governments in Africa and Latin America. He may be reached at dnplank@stanford.edu (650) 721-2422

Mar 30th, 2011 | 11:06 AM

Rekha Balu is a doctoral student at Stanford.  In the course of her dissertation research she conducted a survey of school district financial officers, in which she asked them what strategies they have considered to smooth financial turbulence in the current fiscal crisis in California.  The responses were interesting, but one in particular caught my attention:  none of the districts that responded to her...

Mar 22nd, 2011 | 02:22 PM

Cross-posted on Thoughts on Public Education.
John Fensterwald’s post on the Long Beach Promise offers a nice illustration of how a system of post-secondary education...