Working Group on K-12 Education


Intensification of federal and state involvement in K-12 education has brought only incremental improvement to student outcomes, at best, while transforming the political landscape around education with new players now guiding much education policymaking. Today, education policy questions of great import confront us: Should No Child Left Behind be continued, and if so, in what form? Is the Common Core movement good for education in the United States? Should “parent trigger” laws be expanded, or eliminated? What are the best methods for strengthening schools?

Since researchers have too often been on the sidelines in education policy discussions, the primary goal of this working group is to bring SSN members working on the topic of K-12 education together, in order to provide research-based information to the individuals in government, media, and private sector who have greatest influence on education policymaking. A secondary objective is to promote useful conversations among SSN members who are studying education politics and policymaking from a variety of disciplines (education, political science, sociology, economics, and so forth), which too frequently co-exist without collaboration. 



Professor of Education Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Loyola University New Orleans


Principal, WYRevolution
PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Evans School of Pubic Affairs, University of Washington
Associate Professor of Political Science, Tulane University
Associate Professor of Education, University of New Orleans
Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Illinois State University
Graduate Student in Political Science, Harvard University
Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University-Camden
Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Scholars Strategy Network
Superintendent of Schools, Meriden, Connecticut
Doctoral Student in Management and Organizations & Sociology, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Associate Director, Institute for Quality & Equity in Education, Loyola University New Orleans
Graduate Student in Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Meriden, Connecticut
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University; and Research Associate, National Bureau of Education Research
Associate Professor of Political Science and Education, and Chair, Department of Political Science, Drew University
Associate Professor of Education and History, Rutgers University
Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia
Professor of Educational Leadership, Montclair State University
Associate Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD Candidate in Sociology, Harvard University
PhD Candidate in Social Work, Boston College
Director of Policy Initiatives and Associate Director for Policy and Translation, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University
Professor of Sociology and Director, Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, Loyola University New Orleans
Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, College of William and Mary
Assistant Professor of Education, College of the Holy Cross
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Kearney
PhD Student in Economics, University of Oklahoma
Associate Professor of Education, University of Southern California
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Illinois State University
PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Washington
Master of Education Candidate in International Education Policy and Management, Vanderbilt University
Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego
Assistant Professor of Work & Organizations, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota