Category Archives: Education Policy Center

“Outsiders with Deep Pockets”: The Nationalization of Local School Board Elections – Research by Sarah Reckhow and Rebecca Jacobsen

Local school boards are traditionally at the center of this country’s public education system. Elections to these boards have typically featured low voter turnout and the issues have often been parochial in nature. However, recognizing that local districts are critical in implementing new state and national education reform policies, “outsiders with deep pockets” have been… Read More »

Big-Time Foundations Leave Their Mark on Education Policy – Research by Sarah Reckhow

In recent years, charitable foundations have taken an interest in national education initiatives and issues in unprecedented ways, transforming the educational policy landscape. For example, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli and Edith Broad Foundation have exerted influence on national education policy decisions by offering substantial funding and research-based evidence to organizations… Read More »

Tackling Racial Inequality through School Culture — Research by Terah Venzant Chambers

As they have throughout their history, schools continue to struggle to achieve equity and excellence for students of color. Qualitative research by Michigan State University Associate Professor Terah Venzant Chambers and Washington State University Assistant Professor Kristin Shawn Huggins examines the social interactions of  students of color with their teachers, administrators and classmates at high… Read More »

How Latino Parents Engage with School Choice — Research by Madeline Mavrogordato

School choice in the form of charter schools, or public school academies as they are commonly called in Michigan, is rapidly expanding. Simultaneously, so is the population of Latino students. However, Latino parents experience many linguistic, cultural, and economic barriers to accessing this quickly growing segment of the educational marketplace. Research by Michigan State University… Read More »