Eric A. Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a member of the Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was recently appointed to the Governor's Advisory Committee on Education Excellence in California. The committee is a nonpartisan, privately funded group charged with examining K–12 education in California and recommending steps to improve the performance of public schools.
A leading expert on educational policy, Hanushek specializes in the economics and finance of schools. His ongoing research spans a number of the most important areas of education policy, including the impacts of high-stakes accountability, class size reduction, and teacher quality. Hanushek's books include The Economics of Schooling and School Quality, Improving America's Schools, Making Schools Work, Educational Performance of the Poor, and Education and Race, along with numerous articles in professional journals.
Hanushek is also chairman of the Executive Committee for the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas, Dallas, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2004, he was appointed a member of the National Board for Education Sciences for a two-year term.