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Public School Finance Reform is Topic for Libraries Lecture Series
Lankford to Speak on April 14

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 8, 2004) -- Hamilton Lankford, an economics professor at the University at Albany, will speak on "Issues Regarding Public School Finance and Its Reform: NYC and Beyond" on Wednesday, April 14, at noon, in the Cobb Room, University Library, UAlbany uptown campus. The talk, one of a series of presentations in the Friends of the Libraries spring 2004 "Community Conversations," is free and open to the public.

Lankford is involved in a variety of activities that link research to education policy in New York. He was an expert witness in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit in which the NY Court of Appeals recently ruled New York's system of funding for K-12 education in New York City was unconstitutional.

A consultant to the New York State Special Commission on Educational Structure, Policies, and Practices (1993-94), Lankford was also a member of the NYS Board of Regents Technical Study Groups concerned with Cost Effectiveness in Education (1995) and the Generation of Revenues for Education (1994). More recently, he organized a symposium concerned with New York's Teacher Workforce (2001) and participated in the Symposium on Education Finance and Organization Structure in NYS Schools (2004), both sponsored by the Education Finance Research Consortium. He also participates in a large research project focusing on the linkages between teacher preparation, teacher labor markets, and student outcomes.

The Friends of the Libraries sponsor daylong outings to cultural events and historic places as well as hosting "Community Conversations" for the extended university community. The talks are free and open to the public. The trips, modestly priced, include seating on a chartered bus plus a luncheon. Membership in the Friends of the Libraries is open to all who share an enthusiasm for books and a commitment to building for the future of the University Libraries at the University at Albany. For more information about the Friends of the Libraries, visit our Website:

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