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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

Not So Apolitical, After All

Sleep time, start time story offers wake-up call

The Strikes Keep Coming

Will districts demand reform in exchange for needed raises?

Looking Past the Wreckage of a Disgraceful Confirmation Process

By securing a conservative majority on the court for the foreseeable future, Kavanaugh’s confirmation can be expected to accelerate ongoing shifts to the right in constitutional doctrine.

Privatization in American Education: Rhetoric vs. Facts

Given the recent rhetoric of education reform’s critics, one might be forgiven for thinking that American private schools are at the peak of their influence.

A Disappointing National Report Card

What explains the disappointing results?

Surveying the Charter School Landscape

From the Editor: Some highlights from the Spring 2018 issue of Education Next

Laptops in the Classroom: An Open and Closed Case

Do professors who study education policy allow their students to use laptops in the classroom?

Personalized Learning 1.0

In 2002, years before the current fervor over personalized learning, the state of Florida embraced a primitive form of the concept with its test-based promotion policy.

What We’re Watching: Discussing the 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform

On Friday, Sept. 8, Education Next held an event at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., to discuss the results of the 2017 EdNext Poll.

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