Project researchers

Bruce Baker is Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. His research focuses on state school finance systems, cost analysis in K12 and Higher Education, teacher and administrator labor markets, and charter school policy. He is author of Educational Inequality and School Finance: Why Money Matters for America’s Students from Harvard Education Press. He has consulted with state legislatures and departments of education in numerous states, including most recently in Maryland and Vermont and has been engaged as an expert witness in litigation over the equity and adequacy of school funding in Kansas, Connecticut, New York and several other states. Since 2009, he has been involved in the production of a national report on school funding indicators which won the 2013 American Educational Research Association’s Division L Policy Report award. His recent work involves developing methods for better understanding and estimating the full costs of providing free community college.

Matthew Di Carlo is a senior fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C.  His current research focuses on education policy, including school segregation, testing and accountability, charter schools, and school finance. His other project include research on cross-national political attitudes, work and occupations, and social stratification and inequality. Matt has a Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University.

Mark Weber is the Special Analyst for Education Policy with the New Jersey Policy Perspective and a lecturer at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education, where he recently earned his PhD. Weber also works as a music teacher in Warren, NJ. His policy work includes many peer-reviewed papers and policy briefs, concentrating on charter schools, school finance, and teacher quality. Weber’s blog, Jersey Jazzman, is read nationally, and his writings on education policy and teaching have appeared in The Washington PostEducation Week, and The PBS News Hour, among other outlets.

The project researchers would also like to acknowledge the ongoing or past contributions of Bilan Jama, Emilee O’Brien, Lauren Schneider, Ajay Srikanth, and Vicki Thomas.

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