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Molnar, Alex John

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  • Alex Molnar is the Director of Publications for the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). His work has examined curriculum and instruction topics, market-based education reforms, and policy formation. For six years (1995-2001) was the principal investigator for the research evaluation of Wisconsin’s SAGE class size reduction program. Molnar is an internationally recognized expert on school commercialism; his annual reports on commercializing trends in schools have become standard reference works for experts in the field. His most recent books are: Sold Out: How Marketing in Schools Threatens Children's Wellbeing and Undermines Their Education (with Faith Boninger), Commercialism in education: From democratic ideal to market commodity (2005) and Think tank research quality: Lessons for policymakers, the media, and the public (with Kevin Welner, Pat Hinchey and Don Weitzman) (2010).


  • school commercialism, privatization, market-based school reform


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