Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Exploring the Economic Payoff of Investing in Educational Justice

A lack of proper education affects not only the students who miss out on learning, but also society because of lost productivity, lower tax revenues and higher costs of public services, according to Henry Levin who will speak at the Child Policy Speaker Series at Georgia State University Thursday, Feb. 19.

Levin, the William H. Kilpatrick professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, will present “The Economic Payoff to Investing in Educational Justice” at 3 p.m. in Room 750 of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The Speakers Series, presented by the Georgia Health Policy Center, is free and open to the public.

“A discussion of public educational investment is very timely considering President Obama's call for the continued funding of public programs that work and his promise to eliminate programs shown to be ineffective,” said Angela Snyder, child policy director at the Georgia Health Policy Center.

Levin, who has published 16 books and almost 400 articles, is also director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education. He is the David Jacks Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Economics at Stanford University, where he served from 1968-1999 after working as an economist at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. From 1986-2000 Levin served as the director of the Accelerated Schools Project, a national school reform initiative for accelerating the education of at-risk youngsters.

“Dr. Levin has been involved in research about education finance and economics and the privatization of education for over 40 years,” said Christine Roch, associate professor of public management and policy. “He is interested in vouchers, the use of private education-management organizations and the use of charter schools. He is also interested in both public and private influences on education.”

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