Huerta, Luis A. (lah2013)

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Huerta, Luis
Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy
Education Policy and Social Analysis

212B Zankel

Office Hours:
4:00-6:00, Tuesday and Thursday

Educational Background

* Ph.D. in Division of Policy, Organizations, Measurement, and Evaluation, University of California, Berkeley

Scholarly Interests

  • Education Policy
  • Decentralization in Education
  • School Choice (Charter schools, vouchers, home schooling, tuition tax credits)
  • Privatization in Education
  • School Finance

Selected Publications


Terrant, K. & Huerta, L. A. (2015). Substantive or symbolic stars: Quality rating and improvement systems through a new institutional lens. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29(5), 327-328.

Huerta, L. A. (2009). Institutional vs. technical environments: Reconciling the goals of decentralization in an evolving charter school organization. Peabody Journal of Education, 84(2), 244-261.
Huerta, L. A. & Zuckerman, A. (2009). An institutional theory analysis of charter schools: Addressing challenges to scale. Peabody Journal of Education, 84(3), 414-431.
Bodine, E., Fuller, B., Gonzlez, M. F., Huerta, L. A., Naughton, S., Park, S., Teh, L. W. (2008). Disparities in charter school resources: The influence of state policy and community conditions. Journal of Education Policy, 23(1), 1-33.
Huerta, L. A. & d'Entremont, C. (2007). Education tax credits in a post-Zelman era: Legal, political and policy alternative to vouchers? Educational Policy, January/March 21(1), 73-109.
d'Entremont, C. & Huerta, L. A. (2007). Irreconcilable differences? Education vouchers and the suburban response. Educational Policy, January/March 21(1), 40-72.
Greene, G. K., Huerta, L. A. & Richards, C. E. (2007). Getting real: A different perspective on the relationship between school resources and student outcomes. Journal of Education Finance, 33(1), 49-68.
Huerta, L. A., Gonzlez, M. F. & d'Entremont, C. (2006). Cyber and home school charter schools: Adopting policy to new forms of public schooling. Peabody Journal of Education, 81(1), 103-139.
Huerta, L. A., d'Entremont, C &. Gonzlez, M. F. (2006). Cyber charter schools: Can accountability keep pace with innovation? Phi Delta Kappan, September, 23-30.
Huerta, L. A. (2006).Next steps for results: The improved school finance and the CFE v. State of New York case.  Journal of Education Finance, 31(4), 379-394.
Grubb, W. N., Huerta, L. A. & Goe, L. (2006).Straw into gold, revenues into results: Spinning out the implications of the improved school finance. Journal of Education Finance, 31(4), 334-359.
Grubb, W. N., Goe, L., & Huerta, L. A. (2004). The unending search for equity: California policy, the improved school finance, and the Williams case. Teachers College Record, 106(11),  2081-2101.
Book Chapters

Huerta, L. A., Fuller, B., Parker, L. & d'Entremont, C. (2011). Charter schools in New York's Black communities: Managing resources in local organizational fields. In D. Slaughter-Defoe, H. Stevenson, E. Arrington and D. Johnson (Eds.) Black Educational Choice: Assessing the Private and Public Alternatives to Traditional K-12 Public Schools. (pp. 173-190), Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Huerta, L.A. & d'Entremont, C. (2010). Charter School Finance: Seeking Institutional Legitimacy In a Marketplace of Resources. In C. Lubienski & P. Weitzel (Eds.) The Charter School Experiment: Expectations, Evidence & Implications (pp. 121-146), Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Huerta, L.A. (2010). Series of Reports on The Fiscal Impact of Tax-Credit Scholarships, in K. Welner, P.H., Hinchey, A. Molnar & D. Weitzman (Ed.), Think Tank Research Quality: Lessons for Policy Makers, the Media, and the Public (pp. 127-140), Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing.

Huerta, L. A., d'Entremont, C. & Gonzlez, M. F. (2009). Perspective on cyber and homeschool charters. In M. Berends, M. Springer, D. Ballou and H. Walberg (Eds.), Handbook of Research on School Choice (pp.533-550),National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University and Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2009).

Huerta, L. A. & Hatch, T. (2009). School reform.In R. A. Shweder (Ed.) The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (pgs. 863-865), Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Huerta, L. A. (2000). The loss of public accountability? A home schooling charter school in rural California. In B. Fuller (Ed.), Inside charter schools: The paradox of radical decentralization. (pp. 177-202), Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Wexler, E. & Huerta, L. A. (2000). An empowering spirit is not enough: A Latino charter school struggles over leadership. In B. Fuller (Ed.), Inside charter schools: The paradox of radical decentralization. (pp. 98-123), Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Finkelstein, N., Furry, W., & Huerta, L. A. (2000). School finance in California: Does history provide a sufficient policy standard? In E. Burr, G. C. Hayward, B. Fuller & M. W. Kirst (Eds.) Crucial issues in California education 2000: Are the reform pieces fitting together (pp.45-78). Berkeley, CA: Policy Analysis for California Education, University of California.


Huerta, L. A. (2014, December 10). High suspension rates at charters schools don't help students. In Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News, Keeping only the best behaved, Opinion-Editorial, The New York Times,

Huerta, L. A. (2013, April 21). Doubling Down on Testing Is a Failed Wager, In A Nation at Risk, 30 Years Later, Education Week, 

Huerta, L. A. (2011, January 4).Uniting fiscal and social conservatism. In Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News, Do Home Schoolers Deserve a Tax Break?, Opinion-Editorial, The New York Times.

Henig, J. & Huerta, L. A. (2010, March 14). The economic vise. In Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News, The Push-Back on Charter Schools, Opinion-Editorial, The New York Times.

Huerta, L. A. & Fuller, B. (2008, July 7). Scorekeeper for schools. New York Sun, Opinion-Editorial, p.B8.
Berliner, D., Farrel, W., Huerta, L. A., Mickelson, R. (2001, February 22). Vouchers: No solution to educating the poor. Arizona Republic, Opinion-Editorial, p. B9.
Huerta, L. A. (2000, October 19). Proposition 38 makes promises it cannot keep. San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion-Editorial, p. A3.
Fuller, B. & Huerta, L. A. (2000, July 20). State action deserves a lot of credit for better test scores. Los Angeles Times, Opinion-Editorial, p. B11.


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The Backlash against Charter Schools

Writing for the New York Times' online "Room for Debate" forum, TC's Jeffrey Henig and Luis Huerta (third piece from the top) argue that "shifting economic and political conditions at the state and national level" are one reason for "the more vocal and newly energized critiques of charters" in New York and elsewhere.

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