About Us

About the Center


The National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education was founded by Henry M. Levin in 2000 as a hub for nonpartisan information and analysis. At the time, privatization of education was on the rise and at the heart of policy debate. Privatization came in the form of vouchers, tuition tax credits, charter schools, and for-profit management of both charter schools and conventional district schools. To provide solid grounding for policy debate, NCSPE began conducting research, holding conferences, and posting working papers.
 
While the terms of debate have since changed, the need for objective information and dispassionate analysis continues. As of 2021, NCSPE has posted 243 working papers, many of which went on to publication in academic journals. The center also publishes news commentaries and book excerpts. In addition, NCSPE has generated five books: Privatizing Education (Westview Press, 2001), edited by Henry M. Levin; School Choice and Diversity (Teachers College Press, 2005), edited by Janelle T. Scott; Privatizing Educational Choice (Routledge, 2005), by Clive R. Belfield and Henry M. Levin; Between Public and Private (Harvard Education Press, 2010), edited by Katrina E. Bulkley, Jeffrey R. Henig, and Henry M. Levin; and Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016), by Samuel  E. Abrams.

NCSPE Team

Henry Levin

Henry M. Levin

Founder

Samuel E. Abrams, Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education

Samuel E. Abrams

Director

Clive Belfield

Clive Belfield

Faculty Associate

Katrina E. Bulkley

Katrina E. Bulkley

Faculty Associate

Tamo Chattopadhay Profile for NCSPE

Tamo Chattopadhay

Faculty Associate

Jeffrey R. Henig Profile for NCSPE

Jeffrey R. Henig

Faculty Associate

Luis Huerta

Faculty Associate

Amy Stuart Wells Profile for NCSPE

Amy Stuart Wells

Faculty Associate

Gabriela García de la Noceda

Gabriela García de la Noceda

Research Associate

Steven Koutsavlis Profile for NCSPE

Steven Koutsavlis

Research Associate

Daniel Sparks

Daniel Sparks

Research Associate

Andrew Thomas Profile for NCSPE

Andrew Thomas

Research Associate

Chris Wortman

Chris Wortman

Research Associate

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