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UAlbany Center Reports on Condition of New York Public Schools

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 5, 2003) -- Two draft Condition Reports on New York schools will be presented by the Education Finance Research Consortium at the University at Albany on Friday, June 6, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the New York State Museum Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested by phone: (518) 442-3862, fax: 442-3398 or email:

The reports to be presented are "Understanding Teacher Labor Markets: Implications for Equity," by Susanna Loeb (Stanford University), Donald Boyd, Hamp Lankford & Jim Wyckoff (University At Albany), and "Developing a Financial Condition Indicator System for New York School Districts" by William Duncombe and Bernard Jump (Syracuse University) and Salwa Ammar and Ron Wright (LeMoyne College).

The authors/presenters are nationally recognized experts in education finance research. Lankford and Wyckoff will present the complexities of teacher labor markets, examining teacher career paths, teacher compensation and the geography of teacher labor markets. They will also report on several additional studies that are underway. Duncombe will present a financial condition framework for New York school districts that examines short- and long-term financial and economic conditions, combined with student performance. He will also discuss results of an analysis of the financial condition of New York school districts. Both condition reports reflect the most up-to-date and well-informed research available on these topics.

Formal comments on each paper will be provided by industry experts, followed by a moderated, audience-led question and answer period.

The Education Finance Research Consortium is a collaborative research and policy venture formed in 1999 from a partnership involving the New York State Education Department, the New York State Board of Regents and education researchers from the state's top universities. Its mission is to foster an exchange of information and ideas that informs education policy decisions, to assist education policy decision-makers in identifying issues that require study and to produce quality research that contributes to the development of sound education policy.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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