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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

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.

Broad Majority, Narrow Ruling for School Choice in Trinity Lutheran Case

The Supreme Court closed out its Spring 2017 term this morning by announcing its opinion in a case with potential implications for private school choice.

The Battle over Blaine Amendments Heads Back to the States

On the heels of its decision yesterday in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the Supreme Court today granted cert to and vacated state supreme court decisions out of Colorado and New Mexico that used Blaine Amendments to exclude religious schools from government aid programs.

Justice Gorsuch, Meet James G. Blaine

The Supreme Court has a new opportunity to clarify matters in a case scheduled for oral argument on April 19, just days after Justice Neil Gorsuch’s arrival on the bench.

Under New Administration, Small Measures Could Foster Big Change

The best solution may be to offer federal support for programs that the states themselves design, advancing the cause of school choice while respecting the principle of local control that Trump has also championed.

What Do Parents Think of Their Children’s Schools?

EdNext poll compares charter, district, and private schools nationwide

At the Ballot Box, a Test for Bay State Charters

Question 2 has given Massachusetts voters a unique chance to weigh in on the future of school choice in their state.

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