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Presenting Both Supporting and Opposing Objectives

The NCSPE maintains links to researchers, journals, newspapers and other organizations that offer diverse perspectives on educational privatization. Many sites are sponsored by organizations with strong political viewpoints, and include a broad range of positions for and against privatization. The NCSPE does not endorse these sites, and provides links to them as a public service.


Presenting Both Supporting and Opposing Objectives 

News 

Education News 
A Global Leading News Source covering educational, political, business, and environmental issues. Since 1997 EducationNews has provided the latest daily EducationNews coverage from world-wide sources. In addition to the U. S. and world media publications, commentaries and reports are featured and include comprehensive views on education issues from all sides of the political spectrum. EducationNews.org has been ranked Number 1 for many years in our coverage of education. EducationNews.org is a fresh approach to the age-old problem of increasing coverage of education news. Unfortunately, education is not a topic that news organizations are able to provide premium coverage to all the time, thus ironically, all education experts face the same problem – the difficulty of educating the public." 


Education Week 
"Weekly publication of Editorial Projects in Education, "a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Washington, D.C. Our primary mission is to help raise the level of awareness and understanding among professionals and the public of important issues in American education. We cover local, state, and national news and issues from preschool through the 12th grade."


Research Journals 

Clearinghouse on Educational Policy and Management 
“This website provides access to the resources that were produced by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, which closed December 31, 2003. The Clearinghouse produces and disseminates books, monographs, and synthesis papers on topics of interest to our national clientele of educational policymakers, school administrators, researchers, and other personnel. The Clearinghouse's scope includes all aspects of the governance, leadership, administration, and structure of public and private educational organizations at the elementary and secondary levels.(website quote) 

Research and Policy Organizations 

BalancedPolitics.org 
“BalancedPolitics.org was developed to present a logical, balanced discussion on a number of issues important to society. The opinions on this website do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the author. The arguments of both sides are simply presented regardless of strength or weakness. It is up to the reader to decide which side (if any) has the stronger points. If after giving a thorough analysis to both sides of an issue, you can't decide which is better, you are not alone.” (website quote) 


Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life 
The website contains useful publications on school choice issues. "The goal of the Boisi Center is to create opportunities where a community of scholars, policy makers, media and religious leaders in the Boston area and nationally can connect in conversations and scholarly reflection around issues at the intersection of religion and American public life. The hope is that such conversations can help to clarify the moral and normative consequences of public policies in ways that can help us to maintain the common good, while respecting our growing religious diversity.(website quote)" 

Brookings Institution 
"The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations." The Brown Center on Education Policy is one of the Brookiings Institution centers. The purpose of the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings is to examine the problems of the American education system and to help delineate practical solutions. Most of the Center’s research has focused on the elementary and secondary levels, but its agenda is expanding to consider related challenges for higher education as well.(website quote)" School privatization is an area of research for this center. 

Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) 
“CEEP provides nonpartisan information, in-depth analysis, technical assistance, and research to policymakers and educators on issues to improve education. Education policies, policy options, and education reform initiatives across the states are evaluated.  CEEP also collaborates with state, regional, and national organizations and agencies to identify trends in education. As part of the Policy Center Network, we share reports and analytic techniques. And, to inform the debate on education policy issues, CEEP hosts and participates in workshops, seminars, and symposia throughout the year.”


Education Bug 
The goal of EducationBug.org …is to be the top internet destination for education topics for parents, students, and educators.” (website quote) In addition to supplying information about the pros and cons of a variety of private and public school choice options in each state, EducationBug also includes a wealth of information about school finance, curricula, testing and other education topics. 

Education Commision of the States 
"The mission of the Education Commission of the States is to help states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis and leadership; and by facilitating collaboration, the exchange of ideas among the states and long-range strategic thinking." They present information on choice, vouchers, and charter schools. 

Education Policy Center at Michigan State University 
The mission of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University is to improve the quality of education in Michigan and the nation by providing key audiences in the education policy system access to timely, credible and non-partisan policy research and analysis.(website quote) Non-partisan policy research and analysis center which, is primarily concerned with current educational issues in Michigan. Maintains a collection of current information about the state's educational system and reports on its education policy system. Site includes links to downloadable research papers. 

Gallup 
Is one of the world’s largest management consulting firms which, also conducts The Gallup Poll on many topics. There is education section in the Industry Practices category. Gallup has a 40-year history of working with school districts to help select, develop, and engage teachers and principals, building a strong base for K-12 students. Gallup research demonstrates the difference effective teachers make on student performance. Driven by a mission to have a positive impact on the lives of students around the world, Gallup's Education Practice grows through innovative research.(website quote) 

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. 
"Mathematica strives to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the provision of information collection and analysis to our clients. For three decades, the company has offered policymakers a unique combination of evaluation expertise, direct data collection services, and insight into the socioeconomic issues that drive public policy. Its clients include federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, universities, professional associations, and businesses."  Their site offers information and analysis of some recent privatization in education initiatives. 

National Association of State Boards of Education 
The National Association of State Boards of Education exists to strengthen State Boards as the preeminent educational policymaking bodies for students and citizens. (website quote> 

National Center on School Choice 
Since 2004, the National Center on School Choice (NCSC) has been doing research on how school choice affects individuals, communities, and systems. Its work takes place across multiple disciplines and methodologies, and its aim is to provide national intellectual leadership on the study of school choice in all its forms.The center uses experimental and quasi-experimental methods to study charter schools, magnet schools, educational vouchers, and other aspects of school choice and policy.

Policy Analysis for California Education 
Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) is an independent, non-partisan research center based at Stanford University, the University of California – Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to post-secondary education and training. 

Privatization in Education Research Initiative 
The Privatization in Education Research Initiative (PERI) is a global, non-partisan research and networking initiative sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. PERI is aimed at anyone interested in privatization in education and is a growing network of education researchers, practitioner, policy analysts and policy-makers from around the world coming together to discuss these issues face to face and on-line. The Initiative is seeking to animate an accessible and informed public debate on alternative education provision. In particular, it examines the social justice implications of changes in the coordination, financing and governance of education. 

Program for Research on Private Higher Education 
The Program for Research on Private Higher Education (PROPHE) seeks to build knowledge about private higher education around the world.  PROPHE focusses on discovery, dissemination, and analysis. PROPHE neither represents nor promotes private higher education. PROPHE is interested in all facets of private higher education development and functioning. Its main mission is scholarship, which, in turn, should inform public discussion and policymaking.   

Public Agenda 
Public Agenda, an innovative public opinion research and public engagement organization, works to strengthen our democracy's capacity to tackle tough public policy issues. Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization whose main goals are to "help leaders better understand the public's point of view on major policy issues" and to "help citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions.Education section is under the Issue Guides" 

RAND Corporation
RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policymaking through research and analysis. RAND focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. (website quote)It organizes several topics by using key words. 


Rethinking Schools
“Rethinking Schools began as a local effort to address problems such as basal readers, standardized testing, and textbook-dominated curriculum. Since its founding, it has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials, with subscribers in all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and many other countries. Rethinking Schools has covered this issue since 1988 and has a large collection of articles and analyses on vouchers and privatization.” (website quote) 


SpeakOut.com 
Speakout.com has become a non-profit, member-supported Web site. Nonpartisan internet activism site and online opinion research organization which seeks to “enhance the democratic process by enabling citizens to have a direct impact on the decisions that affect their lives.” Maintains an education activism center which, includes a policy briefing page for school choice that features a pro/con analysis of voucher programs plus links to other on-line resources. 

The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University 
The Evaluation Center is committed to advancing the theory, practice, and utilization of evaluation through research, education, service, and leadership. The Evaluation Center's mission is “to provide national and international leadership for advancing the theory and practice of program, personnel, and student/constituent evaluation, as applied primarily to education and human services.” The Center's principal activities are research, development, dissemination, service, instruction, and leadership. Site includes evaluations of numerous city and state charter schools and downloadable documents. 

Urban Institute 
The Urban Institute undertakes research on education through its Education Policy Center. The Education Policy Center conducts research on education reforms involving accountability, school vouchers, standards, after-school programs, technology, teacher quality, and the new increased flexibility in using federal funds. The Center focusses on the use of market-based mechanisms to improve schooling; the effect of student aid programs; the extent to which a slowing economy will reduce support for education programs; and the ways in which technology may reshape the delivery of education services.