Bruce D Baker

Professor

Locator Code:
2040
 
About
Bruce Baker is Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning. Professor Baker is widely recognized as the nation’s leading scholar on the financing of public elementary and secondary education systems. His research spans public education finance and policy, postsecondary education finance and policy, teacher and administrator labor markets and education law. Professor Baker is author of two recent books from Harvard Education Press:
  • School Finance and Education Equity, Lessons from Kansas (2021)
  • Educational Inequality and School Finance, Why Money Matters for America's Students (2018)
In addition, Professor Baker has authored and coauthored a multitude of peer reviewed research articles and law review articles, as well as influential policy reports for organizations including the Economic Policy Institute, Learning Policy Institute and Center for American Progress.
Professor Baker is Co-principal investigator on the creation of the School Finance Indicators Database, a resource used by researchers, advocates and policymakers across the country. Professor Baker has consulted with numerous state legislatures on the design and reform of their state school funding systems, including most recently Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware and Virginia. He has also testified as an expert witness in state and federal constitutional litigation over the equity and adequacy of school funding in several states including Kansas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and most recently Arizona and Maryland. Professor Baker is a fellow of the National Education Policy Center and Learning Policy Institute.

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