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Marguerite Roza is the director of the Edunomics Lab and research professor at Georgetown University, as well as senior research affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Her research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in the area of education finance. Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for their implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost equivalent tradeoffs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system.  She has led projects including the Finance and Productivity Initiative at CRPE and the Schools in Crisis Rapid Response Paper Series. More recently, she served as senior economic advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Her work has been published by Education Sector, the Brookings Institution, Public Budgeting and Finance, Education Next, and the Peabody Journal of Education. Dr. Roza is author of the highly regarded education finance book, Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go? Roza earned a doctorate in education from the University of Washington. Prior to that, she served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy teaching thermodynamics at the Naval Nuclear Power School. 

Work by Marguerite Roza

How Should States Weight Funding for Disadvantaged Students?

Many states are doggedly, sometimes desperately, working to get their state finance policies right. Many…

College Credit in High School: Doing the Math on Costs

The last five years have seen a surge in state policy efforts designed to enable…

School Finance is Coming Out of the Dark Ages

An unprecedented trove of fiscal data is coming our way—let’s make the most of it…

The Challenge of Paying for a New Kind of Learning

Wouldn’t it be great if we had to pay for instruction only when we had…

Paying the Best Teachers to Teach More Students

On top of many policymakers’ wish lists is increased teacher pay. Particular attention also has…

The Equity Problem in Teachers’ Pensions

Research has shown that teachers and salaries are inequitably distributed within school districts, but the…

The Smart Money: Designing A School Budget

In this hands-on workshop presented at NAIS national conference in March 2017 school leaders dove…

A Better Way to Compensate Teachers

By most accounts, teachers aren’t paid enough. On an annual basis, teacher salaries lag…

Keeping Teacher-Pension Debt Under Control

Unfunded pension liabilities for U.S. teachers are massive—nearly $325 billion in 2012—and only one-fifth of…