The results from Montgomery County demonstrate that an integrative housing policy can be an effective form of school policy for disadvantaged children, writes Heather Schwartz.
Jan 11, 2012 | Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Heather Schwartz is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She researches education and housing policies intended to reduce the negative effects of poverty on children and families. Her work falls in four policy areas intended to help close the income achievement gap: economically integrative housing and school programs, early childhood learning opportunities, school choice, and school accountability measures. She is interested in experimental and non-experimental methods to make causal inferences about the effects of public policies. Her methodological skills include benefit-cost analyses, quantitative analysis of large secondary data sets, survey design, and collecting focus group and interview data. Schwartz earned her Ph.D. in education policy from Columbia University.
Randall Reback, Jonah Rockoff, and Heather Schwartz, "Under Pressure: Job Security, Resource Allocation, and Productivity in Schools Under No Child Left Behind," American Economic Journal (forthcoming)
Heather Schwartz "The potential of economic integration to raise academic achievement for low-income students," in Gail Sunderman, For Charting Reform, Achieving Equity in a Diverse Nation, Information Age Publishing, 2013
Laura Hamilton, Heather Schwartz, Brian Stecher, and Jennifer Steele, "Improving Accountability through Expanded Measures of Performance," Journal of Educational Administration, 51(4), 2013
"Housing policy is school policy: Economically integrative housing promotes academic success in Montgomery County, Maryland," in Richard D. Kahlenberg, The Future of School Integration, Century Foundation, 2012
Heather Schwartz "Education," in K. Crane, J. Dobbins, L. Miller, C. Ries, C. Chivvis, M. Haims, M. Overhaus, H. Schwartz, E. Wilke, Building a more resilient Haitian state, RAND Corporation (MG-1039), 2010
Henry Levin and Heather Schwartz, "Educational Vouchers for Universal Preschools," Economics of Education Review, 26:3-16, 2007
Clive Belfield, Henry Levin, and Heather Schwartz "School choice and the supply of private schooling places: Evidence from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program," in Henry Levin and Clive Belfield, Privatizing educational choice: Consequences for parents, schools, and public policy, Paradigm Publishers, 2005