Diana Epstein


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Subtraction by Distraction Report
The Los Angeles Unified School District's Young Oak Kim Academy, a school that teaches boys and girls in single gender core classes, including technology, math, science, and engineering, is seen on its first day of school, Wednesday, September 9, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

Subtraction by Distraction

Diana Epstein explains why publicly identifying teachers with value-added estimates will actually undermine efforts to improve public schools.

Diana Epstein, Raegen Miller

Phantom Menace Article
Jasmine Price, a 10th grader at Dallas's Talented and Gifted Magnet school, studies early American art during an advanced placement art history class. (AP/Amy Conn-Gutierrez)

Phantom Menace

Ulrich Boser and Diana Epstein dismantle a report from the Fordham Institute alleging that school accountability systems might be dumbing down our best and brightest.

Ulrich Boser, Diana Epstein

Measuring Inequity in School Funding Report
The inequity in school funding must be remedied so all children in a state have access to the resources they need to achieve at high levels. (AP/Ed Andrieski)

Measuring Inequity in School Funding

Diana Epstein examines the problem of intrastate fiscal inequity and surveys some of the different measures that are used to characterize a state’s level of funding equity among districts within a state.

Diana Epstein

Education Article
Teacher Margarita Hernandez leads a group of preschoolers with an outdoor art project at a Head Start program in Hillsboro, Oregon. We receive $13 in social benefits for every $1 invested in early childhood education and development, studies show. (AP/Greg Wahl-Stephens)


This is the latest in a weekly series of talking points from CAP’s Doing What Works team showing how we can make smart budget decisions that boost government efficiency and effectiveness.

Diana Epstein

There Still Be Dragons Report
Alumnos en el tercer grado estudian un problema de matemática en la Escuela Primaria Harvard en Houston. Un nuevo informe propone que el financiamiento de la escuela pública es ampliamente similar entre grupos raciales y étnicos, y encontró una audiencia predeciblemente receptiva en los blogs conservativos. (AP/David J. Phillip)

There Still Be Dragons

Analyzing data at the district level shows that racial disparities do exist in school funding despite claims to the contrary, write Raegen Miller and Diana Epstein.

Raegen Miller, Diana Epstein

Slow Off the Mark Report

Slow Off the Mark

Diana Epstein and Reagen T. Miller on improving science, technology, engineering, and math education in schools and what it means for the nation.

Diana Epstein, Raegen Miller

Ryan’s Step Backward for Education Article
Erin Gavin, a Teach for America teacher, listens to students at a Brooklyn Center School in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Education has already taken a hit in this year’s budget battle as an earlier continuing resolution cut almost $750 million from the Department of Education, including cuts to Teach for America along with the Striving Readers and Even Start literacy programs and small learning communities. (AP/Andy King)

Ryan’s Step Backward for Education

Diana Epstein explains why Rep. Ryan’s future funding cuts for federal education programs would hurt our nation and our economy.

Diana Epstein

A Clear Choice on Education Article
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, second from left, signed into law an education reform plan designed to help the state compete for a slice of the Obama administration's $4.35 billion Race to the Top program. The House Republicans'  continuing resolution provides no money for new rounds of Race to the Top or the Investing in Innovation or i3 Fund. (AP/Ted S. Warren)

A Clear Choice on Education

The Republicans’ proposed education cuts in the continuing resolution and the president’s budget request could not be more different, says Diana Epstein.

Diana Epstein

Our Future Competitiveness Hangs in the Balance Article
Teacher Dany Chhy, left, leads a drill as preschoolers line up before their lunch break at a Head Start program in Hillsboro, Oregon, Thursday, August 16, 2007. Under H.R. 1, funding for Head Start would be cut by $1 billion, eliminating almost 196,000 enrollment slots for low-income children nationwide. (AP/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Our Future Competitiveness Hangs in the Balance

Diana Epstein examines how the main Republican plans to cut federal spending indiscriminately target some of our nation’s most important education programs.

Diana Epstein

A Cut We Can’t Afford to Make Article
An AmeriCorps member plants trees with students and teachers at Leroy Anderson Elementary School in San Jose, California. AmeriCorps members serve in schools and health clinics across the country, restore the natural environment in state parks, and help communities prepare for emergencies so that damages to life and property are minimized. (Flickr/<a href= Our City Forest)" data-srcset=" 610w, 610w, 610w, 500w, 250w" data-sizes="auto" />

A Cut We Can’t Afford to Make

National service programs provide critical services and enrich our communities, writes Diana Epstein. We should look elsewhere for spending cuts.

Diana Epstein