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Chris Lubienski is Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadershipat the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. His research centers on public and private interests in education, including the use of market mechanisms such as choice and competition to improve schooling, especially for disadvantaged children. His work examines reforms and movements such as vouchers, charter schools, tuition tax credits, and home schooling that seek to decentralize and deregulate educational governance. He focuses on outcomes anticipated by reformers in areas such as increased innovation and higher levels of achievement, exploring the frequent disconnect between research findings and policy advocacy. He is currently investigating the organizational behavior of schools and districts in local education markets in metropolitan areas.

Andrew Broy is President of the The Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Previously he served as the Associate State Superintendent of Schools with the Georgia Department of Education where he was in charge of charter school authorization for the State and worked directly with the state legislature on education policy. From 2002 to 2006, Broy was an attorney in the Education, Civil Rights and Government practice in the Atlanta office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, a national law firm. Broy is a graduate of Miami University and received his J.D. with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Broy began his career as a high school English teacher and a member of Teach for America.

Gary Miron is professor of education at Western Michigan University. He has extensive experience evaluating school reforms and education policies. Over the past 2 decades he has conducted several studies of school choice programs in Europe and in the United States, including 9 state evaluations of charter school reforms. In recent years, his research has increasingly focused on the education management organizations (EMOs) and efforts to create systemic change in urban schools in Michigan and rural schools in Louisiana. Before coming to Western Michigan University, Dr. Miron worked for 10 years at Stockholm University in Sweden.

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