Michael DeArmond

Michael DeArmond

Senior Research Analyst

Michael DeArmond is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Mike’s research looks at educational governance, bureaucratic reform, and how schools manage teacher talent. Most recently he co-authored two CRPE reports on the challenges of public oversight in cities with large charter school sectors: “Making School Choice Work: It Still Takes a City” and “How Parents Experience Public School Choice.” In addition to policy reports, Mike’s research has been published in academic journals, including Education Finance and Policy, Education Administration Quarterly, and Journal of Education Finance, as well as in edited volumes from the Brookings Institution Press, the Urban Institute Press, and Harvard Education Press. Mike has a PhD in Education and an MPA in Social Policy and Education, both from the University of Washington, and a BA in History from Brown University. Prior to working as an education researcher, he was a middle school history teacher.

12/2014
How Parents Experience Public School Choice

A survey of 4,000 parents in eight "high-choice" cities finds parents are taking advantage of choice, but they want more good options.

10/2014
Making School Choice Work: It Still Takes a City

Michael DeArmond explains how city leaders can make school choice work for all families, in this essay prepared for the PIE Network 2014 Policy Summit.

09/2014
School Leadership in Washington State: Today's Leaders and Key Challenges They Face

This brief discusses the ever-increasing importance of Washington State’s school principals and provides descriptive analyses of the principal workforce that uncovers opportunities for improvement....

08/2014
Missing Out on Strong School Leaders? A Survey of Principal Hiring and Support in Washington State

This report explores how Washington State school districts hire and support its principals. A 2013 survey of Washington superintendents and principals highlights areas of concern but...

07/2014
Making School Choice Work

This report examines the experience of parents in cities with multiple public school options to answer the question, how can civic leaders create a choice system that works for all families?

Date: Feb 26 2015
Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

Here's where to find CRPE experts at the 2015 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) 40th Annual Research Conference in DC.

Date: Apr 3 2014
Where: Philadelphia, PA

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of areas—from early education through higher education, from digital learning to second language literacy.

Date: Mar 13 2014
Where: San Antonio, TX

Several CRPE researchers are presenting work at the 2014 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Spring Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 13-15.

Mar 6 2015

CRPE's report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is discussed in this Education Next blog.

Jan 20 2015

CRPE's report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is featured and Betheny Gross quoted in this Education Week article on the challenges of expanding school choice.

Jan 20 2015

CRPE's report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is cited in this Education Week article about school transportation in Louisiana.

Dec 28 2014

CRPE's new report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice, is featured in this New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial.

Dec 28 2014

Michael DeArmond is interviewed about CRPE's new report, How Parents Experience Public School Choice in this Salt Lake City Deseret News article.

Jan 29 2015

As National School Choice Week comes to a close, Christine Campbell reflects on the Portfolio Network meeting in Memphis on school choice and the fact that school choice can mean different things to different people.

Nov 13 2014

Robin Lake discusses the current failures of Detroit's public school system, and why she's optimistic for its renewal.

Sep 10 2014

With many schools needing urgent attention, we must prioritize hiring and supporting principals who will make dramatic changes that motivate teachers and lead strong improvement efforts, writes Christine Campbell.

Mar 26 2014

Michael DeArmond explains how this 1990 report moved him from thinking about the classroom to thinking about the bigger picture, and led him to CRPE, where the report's underlying issues still drive much of our work.

Mar 13 2014

Control over school facilities is a powerful but easily misused governance tool, writes Paul Hill, and he's got a remedy.

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