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Luis Huerta Named an Editor of AERA Journal

Expert on school choice reforms and school finance policy is one of four scholars who will edit the association's scholarly publication

Luis A. Huerta, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy at Teachers College, has been named an editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA), the research publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Huerta was named with three other education researchers and policy experts to the publication’s editorial panel for a three-year term, beginning in 2013.

Also appointed were Mark Berends, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Research on Education Opportunity at the University of Notre Dame; Laura S. Hamilton, Senior Behavioral Scientist and Research Quality Assurance Manager at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh; and Ron W. Zimmer, Associate Professor at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. All four appointments were made by AERA President Arnetha Ball.

Huerta’s own research applies theory in organizational sociology and economics, together with policy analysis, to the study of school choice reforms and school finance policy. He studies how reforms such as charter schools, vouchers, school choice and home schools affect equity and quality in schools. Huerta also explores questions of privatization in education and school finance policy, including how legal and legislative battles over finance equity in schools and the effect of resources on student achievement.

Prior to joining the Teachers College faculty in 2002, Huerta served as research associate and coordinator of K-12 education policy research for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). He also taught in the California public schools for six years.

Huerta is a contributing author to the book, Inside Charter Schools:  The Paradox of Radical Decentralization (Harvard University Press, 2000), as well as the author of many book chapters. He has also published numerous articles in The Peabody Journal of Education, the Journal of Education Policy, Educational Policy, The Journal of Education Finance and other peer-reviewed journals.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars from a broad range of disciplines including education, psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science. It was founded in 1916 to advance knowledge and encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

EEPA, published quarterly by AERA, is a multidisciplinary policy journal that publishes scholarly articles of theoretical, methodological, or policy interest to those engaged in educational policy analysis, evaluation, and decision making.

Published Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012