Lance T. Izumi
is Senior Fellow in California Studies and Director of the Center
for School Reform at the Pacific Research
Institute for Public Policy (PRI), a San Francisco-based
public-policy think thank. He is the author
of several major PRI studies, including the California Index of Leading Education
Indicators (1997 and 2000 editions), Developing and Implementing
Academic Standards (1999), and Challenge
in the Classroom: Teacher Quality and Teacher
Training (2001). He currently serves as
a member of the California
Postsecondary Education Commission andis
a member of the Professional Development Working Group of the California
Legislature's Joint Committee to Develop a
Master Plan for K-12 Education. He is a former
visiting fellow in education studies at the London-based Institute for Economic
Mr. Izumi has also served as a consultant on welfare
reform to the California Department of Social Services,
a consultant onjuvenile crime to the Governor's Office of Criminal
Justice Planning, and as co-chair of the governor's
competitiveness task force onjuvenile justice educationreform.
His articles have been published in the Notre Dame Journal
of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Harvard Asian American Policy
Review, National Review, Wall Street Journal
Europe, Sunday Times (of London), Los Angeles Times, San Francisco
Chronicle, Investor's Business Daily, California Journal, Los Angeles Daily
News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Orange County Register,
Sacramento Bee, and many other publications.
Mr. Izumi is a regular contributor to the "Perspectives" opinion
series on KQED-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco.
Prior to entering the think-tank world, Mr.
Izumi served as chief speechwriter for California Governor George
Deukmejian. He alsoserved in the Reagan administration as speechwriter to United States Attorney General Edwin Meese III.
Mr. Izumi received his M.A. in political science from the University
of California at Davis and his J.D. from
the University ofSouthern California Law
Center. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.