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Nora Gordon

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Economic Studies, Center on Children and Families

Nora Gordon is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she contributes to the Evidence Speaks project. Gordon is an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in economics.

Gordon’s research focuses on fiscal federalism in American education policy and especially the current and historical federal role in elementary and secondary education. She also has studied the causes and consequences of school desegregation, state school finance reforms, and school district consolidation. Her current projects include a study of school-based Medicaid billing for special education, and one of historical trends in how states use categorical versus general aid for education.

Gordon has testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She is a member of the Expert Panel to the U.S. Department of Education on the Title I Formula, as mandated by ESSA. She is also a member of the District of Columbia’s state Title I Committee of Practitioners.

Nora Gordon is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she contributes to the Evidence Speaks project. Gordon is an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in economics.

Gordon’s research focuses on fiscal federalism in American education policy and especially the current and historical federal role in elementary and secondary education. She also has studied the causes and consequences of school desegregation, state school finance reforms, and school district consolidation. Her current projects include a study of school-based Medicaid billing for special education, and one of historical trends in how states use categorical versus general aid for education.

Gordon has testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She is a member of the Expert Panel to the U.S. Department of Education on the Title I Formula, as mandated by ESSA. She is also a member of the District of Columbia’s state Title I Committee of Practitioners.

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