"Will School Choice Improve Public Education?"

NCPA Sponsored Episode of DebatesDebates to Air Nationally Starting This Week!

DALLAS (May 3, 2000) - The National Center for Policy Analysis announced today that a new episode of the nationally syndicated program DebatesDebates, a series of programs that are sponsored by the NCPA, will be made available to stations starting today for airing this weekend.

The episode: "Will School Choice Improve Public Schools?" features an all-star cast debating an issue hotly contested by political and education leaders across the country. Leading the affirmative team is John C. Goodman, Ph.D., president of the NCPA. Goodman is joined by Clint Bolick, president of the Institute for Justice who has argued on behalf of most of the school choice programs before the courts, and Nina Rees, and education expert at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The opposition team is led by Robert Kuttner, co-editor of the liberal magazine, American Prospect. Kuttner is joined by the Rev. Barry Lynn, director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and a leading opponent of school vouchers; and Samantha Smoot, executive director of the Austin-based Texas Freedom Network.

A Warren Steibel production, DebatesDebates brings together the world's foremost experts to participate in formal debates on current public policy issues. Warren Steibel also produced Firing Line with William F. Buckley, Jr.

DebatesDebates airs in over 180 markets nationwide and is available to PBS stations each Wednesday. Check local listings for times and availability in your area. DebatesDebates can also be seen across the globe on the NCPA Channel located on the NCPA's Internet site at www.ncpa.org.