- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 25, 2004

Steven Pines has signed on to lead the Education Industry Association, a nonprofit trade group for educational entrepreneurs that recently relocated to the Washington area.

Mr. Pines, 51, is the newest executive director of the group that consists of tutors, private schools, learning centers and charter schools.

The nonprofit organization, formerly known as the Association of Educators in Private Practice, moved its headquarters to Potomac this year from Watertown, Wis., where it was co-founded by Chris Yelich.

Ms. Yelich said the move was necessary for the association to act as a national trade group and strengthen its partnership between private education companies and public schools.

Mr. Pines comes to the association after spending a decade at Sylvan Learning Systems Inc., a Baltimore network of campus-based and online universities, where he served as vice president for the education-solutions division. Sylvan is a member of the association.

He primarily worked with work force development agencies and schools on ways to improve classes for at-risk youths.

Before that, Mr. Pines was the deputy director for community services at the Enterprise Foundation, a Columbia, Md., organization that provides affordable housing and better living standards for low-income families.

“Those jobs have shown me how it is possible to blend private enterprises with public policy to get a good social return,” namely a better-educated student who is more prepared for the work force, he said.

The organization plans to establish better-defined accreditation standards, more partnerships with local school districts, and training seminars and conferences for members in smaller operations.

Mr. Pines also will lobby Congress regarding the No Child Left Behind Act, which President Bush promoted heavily in his State of the Union address last week.

“There is one line in the address regarding private tutoring, and we are watching to see how it is implemented in public schools,” he said.

Guilbert Hentschke, president of the association’s board, said Mr. Pines’ leadership “will highlight gains in accountability, operational flexibility and cost-effectiveness that are possible through greater private-sector engagement in public education.”

Mr. Pines lives with his wife, Jane McDonald-Pines, and their two children in Potomac.

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