About the Author
Lance T. Izumi, J.D., is Koret Senior Fellow and Senior Director of Education Studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI), California s premier free-market public-policy think tank based in San Francisco and Sacramento. He is the coauthor of the groundbreaking book Not as Good as You Think: Why the Middle Class Needs School Choice (San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute, 2007), which has been praised by publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Education Week.
Izumi is co-executive producer of the award-winning 2009 PRI full-length film documentary Not as Good as You Think: The Myth of the Middle Class School, which is based on his 2007 book. The film has been broadcast multiple times on PBS. He also appears in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim s major 2010 education film documentary Waiting for Superman, which was voted best U.S. documentary at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
In 2008, the New York Times selected Izumi to be one of its online contributors on the presidential race and education issues. In 2009, the paper posted Sweden s Choice, a video op-ed that he wrote and narrated and which has garnered critical praise. He is also the coauthor of the book Free to Learn: Lessons from Model Charter Schools (San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute, 2005), which has been used as a guidebook for creating high-performing charter schools in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
IzumiÂ is the author or coauthor of numerous major PRI studies, including Still Not as Good as You Think: 2009 Update on Why the Middle Class Needs School Choice (2009), English Immersion or Law Evasion (2008), California Education Report Card: Index of Leading Education Indicators (1997, 2000, 2003, and 2007 editions), Failing our Future: The Holes in California s School Accountability System and How to Fix Them (2006), Putting Education to the Test: A Value-Added Model for California (2004), They Have Overcome: High-Poverty, High-Performing Schools in California (2002), Facing the Classroom Challenge: Teacher Quality and Teacher Training in California s Schools of Education (2001), and Developing and Implementing Academic Standards (1999). Izumi is the coeditor of two books: Teacher Quality (Hoover Institution Press and Pacific Research Institute, 2002) and School Reform: The Critical Issues (Hoover Institution Press and Pacific Research Institute, 2001). For 10 years, he was a regular contributor to the Perspectives opinion series on KQED-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco. Izumi received his juris doctorate from the University of Southern California School of Law and his master of arts in political science from the University of California at Davis. He received his bachelor of arts in economics and history from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Vicki E. Murray, Ph. D., is Education Studies Associate Director and Senior Policy Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI). Dr. Murray s research focuses on education reform measures to improve academic accountability at all levels, promote a competitive education climate, and increase parents control over their children s education. ÃÂ
Dr. Murray is the coauthor of PRI s groundbreaking 2007 book Not as Good as You Think: Why the Middle Class Needs School Choice. She is also the associate producer of PRI s award-winning 2009 film Not as Good as You Think: The Myth of the Middle Class School. Dr. Murray is the former director of the Goldwater Institute Center for Educational Opportunity in Phoenix, Arizona. She has advised the U.S. Department of Education on public-school choice and higher education reform.