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Jon Valant

Jon Valant

Jon (jvalant@stanford.edu) is a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy at Stanford University. He studies education policies and politics, primarily as they relate to educational equity. His dissertation, "The politics of policy: Who influences education policy and what motivates them," examines key actors in education policymaking -- including state-level political parties, parental school choosers, and the American public -- and how their varied interests and influence shape public policy and social outcomes. Jon also studies school choice, focusing both on how families choose schools and how schools of choice serve families. Jon is a Spencer Dissertation Fellow, and he has received an Institute of Education Sciences fellowship as part of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis. He holds a master's degree in Political Science (MA) from Stanford University, a master's degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelor's degree (BA) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The Role of Intergovernmental Relations in K-12 to Higher Education Transitions. Michael W. Kirst, Michael D. Usdan, Brent Evans, Jon Valant. 2011.
Increasing choice in the market for schools: Recent reforms and their effects on student achievement. Susanna Loeb, Jon Valant, Matthew Kasman. National Tax Journal, 64(1), pp. 141-164. 2011.
Leaders for California’s schools. Susanna Loeb, Jon Valant. Policy Analysis for California Education, 2009.

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