Since 2017, the D.C. Policy Center’s Education Policy Initiative has brought objective analyses to education conversations in the District of Columbia. The Education Policy Initiative’s research reflects the D.C. Policy Center’s broad urban policy perspective, making our work unique in the education research space.

We recognize that public schools factor into where families want to live; how public schools mix students from different backgrounds can increase opportunities (or amplify inequities); schools can shape neighborhoods, and vice versa, even in a unified school district with a great degree of choice; and that schools can alter how employers perceive the local workforce. Thinking of the public school system through this urban policy lens is important because it focuses the policymakers on what local laws and policies can do to bring about change.

Throughout our work, we highlight inequities in education, and how these tie to other areas such as housing and workforce policies. We seek to bring new data and information to help improve outcomes for D.C.’s students, especially those students furthest from opportunity.

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About the Education Policy Initiative

Now in years 5 and 6 of its work, the Education Policy Initiative’s current two-year research agenda examines how D.C.’s public schools create opportunity through progress into upper grades and transitioning to workforce. 

Hear from EPI experts and dig into our research at virtual and in-person events.

EPI experts are often interviewed and our research is frequently highlighted by the press.

Staff

These staff members are at the core of the Education Policy Initiative.

Advisors

Our research is guided by a group of education researchers with deep knowledge of D.C.’s public schools and public school choice.

Matt Chingos
Urban Institute

Steven Glazerman
Innovations for Poverty Action

Arthur McKee
CityBridge Education

Taylor White
New America

Jon Valant
Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute

Our most recent publications from the Education Policy Initiative

Financial support

The D.C. Policy Center created the Education Policy Initiative in October of 2017 to focus on the intersection of education and demographics in D.C. Our Education Policy Initiative is supported by generous grants from Education Forward DC and the Walton Family Foundation.