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Jon Valant is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and the Director of the Brown Center on Education Policy. He specializes in PK-12 education policy and politics. Much of his research examines inequities in U.S. schools and the policies that mitigate or exacerbate those inequities. This includes work on topics such as school choice, student discipline, and the barriers that keep families from accessing opportunities. He also studies the politics of education, examining issues related to public opinion, partisan politics, and the goals of public education. At Brookings, Jon helps to edit the Brown Center Chalkboard blog, which aims to improve the research and information available to decision-makers in education. He also works with local policymakers through research-practice partnerships in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and has virtually taught an education policy course at Stanford. His research has been published in a wide assortment of outlets, and he serves on the editorial boards of Educational Researcher and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. His research and commentary has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Economist, PBS NewsHour, and NPR. Jon holds a PhD (education) and MA (political science) from Stanford University, an MPP (public policy) from Harvard University, and an AB (philosophy / political science) from the University of Michigan.
Jon Valant is a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and the Director of the Brown Center on Education Policy. He specializes in PK-12 education policy and politics. Much of his research examines inequities in U.S. schools and the policies that mitigate or exacerbate those inequities. This includes work on topics such as school choice, student discipline, and the barriers that keep families from accessing opportunities. He also studies the politics of education, examining issues related to public opinion, partisan politics, and the goals of public education. At Brookings, Jon helps to edit the Brown Center Chalkboard blog, which aims to improve the research and information available to decision-makers in education. He also works with local policymakers through research-practice partnerships in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and has virtually taught an education policy course at Stanford. His research has been published in a wide assortment of outlets, and he serves on the editorial boards of Educational Researcher and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. His research and commentary has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Economist, PBS NewsHour, and NPR. Jon holds a PhD (education) and MA (political science) from Stanford University, an MPP (public policy) from Harvard University, and an AB (philosophy / political science) from the University of Michigan.
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