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Media Advisory: Education Reform and Policy Expert Sandra Vergari Analyzes Charter School ABCs

Contact: Office of Media Relations:
Office: (518) 437-4980
Cell: (518) 265-4114

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 11, 2006) -- The charter school debate keeps heating up as the Board of Regents reviews authorization this week of the last four schools allowable under New York’s state cap of 100. Sandra Vergari has been analyzing the charter school movement for 12 years and is available to speak on the key issues including charter school development and implementation, achievement issues, the public v. private debate, charter high schools, New York State’s limit, and more from a local or national perspective.

Vergari has served as a consultant on charter school issues and co-founded School Choice, a research subdivision of American Educational Research Association where she held leadership positions from 2000–2004. She has conducted research on morality politics and education policy which has appeared in policy reports and academic journals, and she is the editor of The Charter School Landscape (University of Pittsburgh Press).

An associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, and a faculty affiliate with the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany, Vergari is a political scientist with a focus on local, state, and federal K-12 education reform politics and policy. She received her doctorate from Michigan State University.

Sandra Vergari is available for print and television interviews, guest commentary and expert analysis. For more information or queries, please contact the University at Albany Office of Media Relations at (518) 437-4980; cell phone (518) 265-4114.


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