Jon Valant

Director – Brown Center on Education Policy, Senior Fellow – Governance Studies

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, Valant co-edits the Brown Center Chalkboard blog, which aims to improve the research and information available to decision-makers in education. In addition, he works with local and state policymakers through research-practice partnerships in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and has virtually taught a graduate-level education policy course at Stanford. His research has been published in a wide assortment of outlets, academic and other. Valant serves on the board of directors of the Association for Education Finance and Policy and 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.

Valant holds a Ph.D in educational policy and a Masters of Political Science from Stanford University, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University, and a BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Charter Schools
    • School Performance Information
    • Politics of Education
    • Accountability
    • K-12 Education Policy
    • School Choice
    • Opportunity Gaps in Education
    • School Governance
  • Current Positions

    • Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings
    • Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings
    • Research Fellow at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans
  • Education

    • Ph.D. Education, Stanford University
    • M.A. Political Science, Stanford University
    • M.P.P. Public Policy, Harvard University
    • B.A. Political Science & Philosophy, University of Michigan

Media Coverage

The Arizona Republic May 8, 2024

“What we find is that it’s a highly disproportionate number of people who are getting access to ESA funds in Arizona — they live in very wealthy areas…”

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Have You Heard Podcast December 21, 2023

Jon was a guest on the Have You Heard podcast where he discussed the Democratic Party and public education.

New York Times December 16, 2023

“The politics have flipped on the Moms for Liberty, and they’re turning more people to vote against them than for them…”

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