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Martin R. West


Martin West is the William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, deputy director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and Editor-in-chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. West’s research examines the politics of K-12 education policy in the United States and the impact of policy on student learning and non-cognitive development. West has served on the board of contributors of Evidence Speaks, a weekly series of reports by a standing panel of researchers under the editorship of Russ Whitehurst, with a commitment to elevating the role of methodologically rigorous research in the formation of education and social policy. His most recent book (co-edited with Joshua Dunn), From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education (Brookings Institution Press), looks at the increase in judicial involvement in education policymaking over the past 50 years. Before joining the Harvard faculty, West taught at Brown University and was a research fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. He is a founding board member of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies and lives with his wife, Grace, and two sons, Quinn and Sam, in Newton, MA.

Published Articles & Media

President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening.

A Fertile Period for Education Reform?

The unexpected effects of politics, the pandemic, and racial awakening

If Many More Private Schools Close, All Schools Will Suffer

Biden, Moynihan, and Goldwater once teamed up on a tuition tax-credit. Could something similar happen now?

How the Coronavirus Crisis May Improve Teacher Quality

Recession hiring boosts teacher quality and student learning

What American Families Experienced When Covid-19 Closed Their Schools

Parents report little contact with teachers and less student learning, but also broad satisfaction; charter and private schools provide more opportunities for student-teacher interaction

Education Reform and the Coronavirus

The corner of my suburban Boston bedroom, where I write this letter, has by...

In Fight Against Grade Inflation, Those Rare Tough Teachers Are Champions

The editor recalls the only "C" on his academic record, in high school calculus.

Democrats Dodge a Charter Question — and for a Reason

It took until the third hour of the third Democratic presidential debate for education policy to make an appearance.

An Authoritative Look at Charter Schools and Segregation

Have charter schools intensified the already high levels of segregation afflicting American public schools?

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