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The Education Policy Initiative Seminar Series at CLOSUP

EPI Seminars at CLOSUP:   “The Role of the Private Sector in K-12 Public Education”

March 19, 2008, 4:00 - 5:30pm,
Annenberg Auditiorium, 1120 Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Panel participants include:


  • Mr. Michael P. Flanagan, State of Michigan
  • Mr. Frederick M. Hess, American Enterprise Institute
  • Ms. JD Hoye, National Academy Foundation
  • Mr. Sanford I. Weill, Citigroup, Inc.
  • Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball, School of Education, University of Michigan
  • Professor Brian A. Jacob, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan


The challenges facing K-12 public education systems in Michigan and throughout the U.S. are formidable, and seem to grow more complex by the day. Issues related to globalization, federal oversight through the No Child Left Behind law, unfunded state mandates, aging infrastructure, and many more, are putting pressure on K-12 public school systems even while calls to improve student achievement and public education accountability grow from all quarters. Increasingly, public school systems are looking to partner with private sector entities to help address these challenges.

A panel of distinguished education and private sector leaders will gather to discuss the role of the private sector in K-12 public education, from a variety of viewpoints. Panelists include Michael Flanagan, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Michigan; Frederick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; JD Hoye, President of the National Academy Foundation; and Sanford I. Weill, Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup Inc. Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean of the U-M School of Education, will serve as discussant. Professor Brian Jacob will serve as moderator.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 4:00 - 5:30pm, reception to follow. Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, 735 South State Street, Ann Arbor. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 734-647-4091.

Watch the panel discussion as a RealVideo file

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