What is the Institute for Education and Social Policy?

A university-wide, multidisciplinary enterprise, the Institute for Education and Social Policy was founded by former Wagner Dean and NYU Executive Vice President Robert Berne, the Aaron Diamond Foundation's Norm Fruchter, and NYU Steinhardt School of Education Dean Ann Marcus. The Institute investigates urban education issues and studies the impact of public policy on students from poor, disadvantaged, urban communities.

Under director Amy Ellen Schwartz, this partnership of the Wagner School and Steinhardt School explores topics such as school finance equity in New York State, opportunities to learn in charter schools, new systems of public accountability for education, the cost effectiveness of small schools and special education in New York City schools. The Institute also collects key educational data and provides training and technical assistance to community groups organizing to improve their schools.

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