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Jennifer Cohen Kabaker was a Senior Policy Analyst with the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation. She managed the program’s Federal Education Budget Project web site, analyzes school finance data, and writes policy papers on a range of education policy topics. She is also the principle contributor for the project’s Ed Money Watch blog. Ms. Cohen Kabaker is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and its impact on funding for public K-12 and higher education. Her work also includes research and publications on federal Title I grants for disadvantaged students, teacher distribution and compensation issues, and federally-funded school reform efforts.
Ms. Cohen Kabaker and her work have been featured on national television and radio programs, including PBS’s NewsHour, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and National Public Radio’s Brian Lehrer Show. She and her work have been cited in The New York Times, the National Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, CBS News, and Education Week. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including the Journal for Education of Students Placed at Risk and Preventing School Failure.
Before joining New America, Ms. Cohen Kabaker worked for the Education Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where she performed quantitative and qualitative research on such issues as high school reform, teacher pensions, school funding, and the need for career-relevant courses in today's public schools. She serves on the board of the AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School, a school for three and four year olds in the District of Columbia. She earned her bachelors degree in public policy from Stanford University and holds a master’s degree in policy, organization, and leadership studies from the Stanford University School of Education.