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Established in 1996 under the direction of Paul E. Peterson, the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) has distinguished itself as a significant contributor to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements. Located within Harvard University's Government Department and the Kennedy School of Government's Taubman Center for State and Local Government, PEPG continues to fulfill its core missions:

• Provide high-level scientific training for young scholars who can make
   independent contributions to scholarly research;
• Foster a national community of reform-minded scientific researchers; and
• Produce path-breaking studies that provide a scientific basis for school reform policy.

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A Conversation on Empowering Parents with Secretary Betsy DeVos
PEPG co-sponsored a discussion with the U.S. Secretary of Education with the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.

PEPG Working Paper Series:
Parental Perceptions of Charter Schools: Evidence from Two Nationally Representative Surveys of U. S. ?Parent

The 2018 PEPG Annual Report is now available. Click for the latest from PEPG as well as all previous reports.

Read the latest EdNext-PEPG poll results.


Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Education Entrepreneurship
Available at the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance Harvard Kennedy School

Applications are invited for master, doctoral, and postdoctoral fellowships focused on Education Entrepreneurship and Education Policy with the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

Click here for application deadlines and full fellowship requirements

2018 PEPG Annual Report

Discover the latest from PEPG in teaching, research and outreach, including papers, editorials and a note from PEPG director Paul E. Peterson.

Click here for more from the 2018 report.

(Re)Searching for a School
How Choice Drives Parents to Become More Informed
By Michael F. Lovenheim and Patrick Walsh

The Power of Teacher Expectations
How racial bias hinders student attainment
By Seth Gershenson and Nicholas Papageorge

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Union Reform and Teacher Turnover: Evidence from Wisconsin's Act
Jonathan Roth

Parental Perceptions of Charter Schools: Evidence from Two Nationally Representative Surveys of U. S.
Samuel Barrows
Albert Cheng
Paul E. Peterson
Martin R. West

The Effect of Private School Vouchers on Political Participation: Experimental Evidence from New York City
Deven Carlson
Matthew M. Chingos
David E. Campbell

Assessing Tradeoffs between Observational and Experimental Designs for Charter School Research
Matthew Ackerman
Anna J. Egalite

Performance Information and Retrospective Voting: Evidence from a School Accountability Regime
Samuel Barrows

Is Seeing Believing? How Americans and Germans Think about their Schools
Michael B. Henderson
Philipp Lergetporer
Paul E. Peterson
Katharina Werner
Martin R. West
Ludger Woessmann

Sept. 15, 2017
Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

Feb. 6, 2017
The Search for Education Equity

Dec. 13, 2016
Trump's Education Pick: A Win for Public-School Parents
The Wall Street Journal

Aug. 23, 2016
Why Does the NAACP Oppose Charter Schools?
U.S. News & World Report

Aug. 15, 2016
Clinton Abandons the Middle on Education
The Wall Street Journal

March 15, 2016
Professor Peterson Receives Prize for Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform
Harvard Kennedy School

Dec. 3, 2015
Two Gifts Will Fund Kennedy School Fellowships
Harvard Crimson

Sept. 14, 2015
Boston Public School System Seeks To Increase Diversity Among Its Teachers
WBUR Boston


2018-19 Education Entrepreneurship Fellowships - Click for information on how to apply.

The 2018 PEPG Annual Report is now available. Click for the latest from PEPG as well as all previous reports.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Appointed Visiting Fellow to PEPG
Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and candidate for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination, will also deliver the 2016 Godkin Lecture on September 29.

Harvard Kennedy School launches new Fellowships in Education Entrepreneurs at PEPG - Multi-year grant will support tuition fellowships, policy research, and training

School Vouchers Help Low-income Minority Students Earn a College Degree - New research from Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson.

The First Hard Evidence on Virtual Education - In this entry on the Education Next blog, Martin R. West points to findings supporting continued experimentation with technology-based innovation in K-12 education.

Effective Schools Help Students Outperform Expectations Based on Cognitive Skills - Differences in school effectiveness have important consequences for students’ academic achievement.

Program on Education Policy and Governance
Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Taubman 304
Cambridge, MA 02138

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