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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

Educating the Public

How information affects Americans' support for school spending and charter schools

No Choice in Milwaukee!?!

Remarkable finding by an un-credible study

Is the Price Right?

Probing American's knowledge of school spending

Is Your Child’s School Effective?

Don’t rely on NCLB to tell you

Crowd Control

Does reducing class size work?

Tough Love

The value of high grading standards

School Reform Economics

Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies? by JAMES J. HECKMAN AND ALAN B. KRUEGER, EDITED by BENJAMIN M. FRIEDMAN

Strike Phobia

School boards need to drive a harder bargain

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