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Lance Izumi, JD, Sacramento

Lance Izumi, JD, Sacramento

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 Affairs.

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.

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