National Working Commission On Choice in K-12 Education

November 19, 2003 1 min read

The panel, which worked with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates and Annie E. Casey foundations, examined how educational options could be constructed to influence positive outcomes in four basic areas:

  • Benefits to children whose parents exercise school choice;
  • Benefits (or at least no harm) to families that do not exercise choice;
  • Continued pursuit of the national commitment to equal opportunity and desegregated schools; and
  • Advancement of common democratic values and social cohesion.


Paul T. Hill, chairman
Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Research professor of public affairs, Daniel J. Evans School
University of Washington, Seattle

Julian Betts
Professor of economics
University of California, San Diego
Senior fellow, Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco

David Ferrero
Director of evaluation and policy research, education
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle

Brian Gill
Social scientist
RAND Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dan Goldhaber
Research associate professor of public affairs
Daniel J. Evans School, Center on Reinventing Public Education
University of Washington, Seattle

Laura Hamilton
Senior behavioral scientist
RAND Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Jeffrey R. Henig
Professor of political science and education
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

Frederick M. Hess
Resident scholar
American Enterprise Institute, Washington

Tom Loveless
Director, Brown Center on Education Policy
Senior fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington

Stephen Macedo
Laurance S. Rockefeller professor of politics
University Center for Human Values
Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

Lawrence Rosenstock
Principal, High Tech High, San Diego

Charles Venegoni
Division head, English and fine arts
John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Janet Weiss
Associate provost for academic affairs
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Patrick J. Wolf
Assistant professor of public policy
Georgetown University, Washington