Marguerite Roza

Marguerite Roza

Director, Edunomics Lab, Georgetown University
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Marguerite Roza, Ph.D., is Director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University and Senior Research Affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Dr. Roza's 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?

Dr. Roza earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Washington. Prior to that, she served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy teaching thermodynamics at the Naval Nuclear Power School. She has a B.S. from Duke University and has studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Roza and her husband Scott have four daughters.

05/2015
The SEA of the Future: Uncovering the Productivity Promise of Rural Education

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, this fourth volume of the SEA of the Future details how rural schools and districts are innovative in how they deliver services, recruit teachers, use technology, and serve special...

03/2015
Title I: Time to Get It Right

This brief presents five clear principles on which Title I formulas should be based and progress measured.

05/2014
The SEA of the Future: Building the Productivity Infrastructure

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, the essays in this third volume of the SEA of the Future describe a "productivity infrastructure" intended to provide a foundation for the work of SEAs.

11/2013
The SEA of the Future: Prioritizing Productivity

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, this volume begins a conversation with state education leaders about productivity.

05/2013
Ch. 4 - Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures and Savings (HFR '12)

Suzanne Simburg and Marguerite Roza lay out the cost savings possible if blended learning were adopted by all U.S. public elementary schools, not just charter schools...

Feb 12 2015

Marguerite Roza and Robin Lake’s blog on fixing Title 1 is highlighted in this Education Week commentary about accountability and school improvement.

Jun 10 2013

In a guest blog for the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation's occasional series on portfolio districts, Roza explains how student-based allocation facilitates the goal of districtwide improvement.

May 9 2013

The seventh edition of Hopes, Fears, & Reality explores whether charters are living up to their promise of fostering innovation.

Feb 21 2013

Today’s headlines that public school class sizes are growing larger are often exaggerated. Some states have increased class sizes slightly since the recession of 2008, but others have held steady or declined. The average class is still smaller than it was in the 1999-2000 school year.

Jan 9 2013

Paul Hill and Marguerite Roza shared ideas for improving education with members of the Idaho Legislature.

Jun 2 2015

Ashley Jochim and Betheny Gross suggest four ways that states can best support rural schools and districts.

Feb 6 2015

The ESEA rewrite should require districts to level the financial playing field before doling out Title I dollars, write Marguerite Roza and Robin Lake.

May 1 2014

Larry Miller revisits the groundbreaking study that revealed how the budgeting system used by most districts was broken - and how to fix it.

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