We would like to express appreciation to several individuals and groups who made the June 27-28 conference and this report possible. Particular thanks, of course, go to Susan Wally and her colleagues at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for funding these proceedings and hosting the meeting so graciously at the Foundation's superb Conference Center in Kansas City.
We would like to explicitly acknowledge the wonderful support and enthusiastic cooperation which we received from our co-sponsoring organizations: the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association, and the Education Commission of the States.
In particular, we would like to thank Demaree Michelau, policy associate of the education program at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Demi coordinated the complex planning and implementation of the meeting with consummate skill, patience and unflagging good humor.
Finally, our gratitude to writer James Harvey for once again displaying his unique skills in developing multiple, often unfocused discussions into a coherent document that we believe will be useful to a wide range of policymakers and practitioners in both elementary-secondary and postsecondary education.
Patrick M. Callan
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Gene I. Maeroff
The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media
Teachers College, Columbia University
Michael D. Usdan
The Institute for Educational Leadership