David N. Plank is Executive Director for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Before joining PACE in January 2007, he was a Professor at Michigan State University, where he founded and directed the Education Policy Center. He was previously on the faculties at the University of Pittsburgh and at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he taught courses and conducted research in the areas of educational finance and policy. He has published widely in a number of different fields including economics of education, history of education, and educational policy. His current interests include the role of the state in education, and the relationship between academic research and public policy.