Richard Elmore’s research focuses on the effects of federal, state, and local education policy on schools and classrooms. He is currently exploring how schools of different types and in different policy contexts develop a sense of accountability and a capacity to deliver high quality instruction. He has also researched educational choice, school restructuring, and how changes in teaching and learning affect school organization. Elmore is director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), a group of universities engaged in research on state and local education policy, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He teaches regularly in programs for public-sector executives. Elmore has held positions with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the U.S. Office of Education (1969-71), as well as several government advisory positions at the city, state, and national levels.