Bolick is co-founder and Director of Litigation for the Washington D.C.-based
Institute for Justice, begun in 1991 as the "nation's only
libertarian public interest law firm" and as an alternative to the American
Civil Liberties Union. The Institute for Justice represents parents and
children in various legal cases across the country in support of school choice,
including the Cleveland, Ohio lawsuit regarding a publicly funded scholarship
program, where the Institute has joined with the state of Ohio to defend the
state's voucher system.
Brennan is Ohio's largest operator of a publicly funded, for-profit school
business, the White Hat Management Company, and an Akron, Ohio entrepreneur,
developer, attorney, and major Republican Party donor. Brennan helped initiate
the Cleveland voucher program in the mid-1990s and his White Hat company is now
a major operator of Ohio charter schools, including Hope academies and Life
Bush is the governor of Texas and the leading Republican presidential candidate in the 2000 election.
Crew is the executive director of the University of Washington's new Institute
for K-12 Leadership. He was chancellor of New York Public Schools for four
years, one of the longest tenures of any recent chancellor. While leading the
district of 1.1 million students, Crew ended the automatic promotion of failing
students, changed the practice of giving lifelong job protection to principals,
and persuaded the state Legislature to give the chancellor more say over the
appointment of local superintendents. In news accounts, Crew blamed Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani for his departure. The two had several disputes, including
over a plan favored by the mayor to give public school students taxpayer-funded
vouchers to use at private schools.
Finn is the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and president and
trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, where his primary focus is the reform
of primary and secondary schooling. He was an assistant secretary of education
in the Reagan administration and is co-author of Charter Schools in Action:
Renewing Public Education.
Gore is the Vice President and the leading Democratic presidential candidate in the 2000 election.
Ivins is a nationally syndicated columnist for her home paper, the Fort
Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram. A three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, she is
the former co-editor of The Texas Observer, the former Rocky Mountain
bureau chief for The New York Times, and co-author of Shrub: The
Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, published in February
Lynn is executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and
State and a long-time activist in the civil liberties field
and church-state issues. From 1984 until 1991, he was legislative counsel in
the Washington national office of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is an
ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who received his theology
degree from Boston University School of Theology.
Galston is a professor and director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public
Policy at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs. He served as the
Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the Clinton
Adminstration and is serving as a senior advisor to Vice President Al Gore
during his 2000 campaign for the Presidency.
Hoxby is Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard University and has
conducted research examining the value of competition to public schools.
Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Director of the
Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG), and Director of the Center
for American Political Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of
Learning from School Choice and is an advocate of experimenting with
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