News & Events

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Newark Students, Including Special Needs and English Learners, Are Less Likely to Transfer Out of Charters than District Schools, Study Finds

The 74 – May 16, 2021

Students who land in charter schools are less likely to leave—including English learners and students with disabilities. In a new study released by the Wheelock Educational Policy Center, researchers use data from Newark, New Jersey to represent the clearest evidence to date contradicting the common claim that charter schools systematically push out hard-to-serve students.


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New Wheelock Educational Policy Center Will Put Research in the Hands of Policymakers, Drive National Conversations

BU Today – March 10, 2021

Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is taking another big step forward, one that expands the cross-discipline collaborations that began with the 2018 merger of Wheelock College and Boston University. The college recently launched the Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC), an interdisciplinary hub for research that aspires to drive national conversations and policy decisions that impact educational outcomes for historically marginalized students.


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Are Charter Schools Hurting Traditional Public Schools?

WEPC faculty director Marcus Winters joins The Report Card with Nat Malkus podcast to weigh in on whether the expansion of the charter school sector harms students who remain in traditional public schools.


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New Database Shows How the Largest 40 School Districts in Massachusetts Have Responded to the Coronavirus

Almost a quarter of public school districts in Massachusetts are in fully remote learning models due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But among the state’s 40 largest districts, the rate is nearly double. According to a survey released by Boston University and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, 18 of the 40 biggest school districts in Massachusetts have students learning entirely at home due to the coronavirus.


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Regulatory Arbitrage in Teacher Hiring and Retention: Evidence from Massachusetts Charter Schools

Charter schools in the US – publicly funded, but independently operated schools of choice – are often criticized for competing with and harming the quality of surrounding traditional public schools. This column examines Massachusetts’s expansive and effective charter-school sector for the relationship between teacher quality and mobility.


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How Charter Schools Train Teachers

Advocates of school choice sometimes say that a little competition is good for everyone. Case in point: A new analysis suggests that charter schools serve as a proving ground for effective teachers who aren’t yet licensed, but who eventually get poached by traditional public schools.


Upcoming Events

Teacher Diversity is Teacher Quality

A new book, “Teacher Diversity and Student Success: Why Racial Representation Matters in the Classroom” makes clear the necessity and opportunity of recruiting and supporting individuals of color in the teaching profession. But will Massachusetts meet the moment and take action to pass the Educator DIversity Act? Join Boston University’s Wheelock Educational Policy Center, Latinos for Education and The Education Trust for a virtual event exploring the research and policy recommendations that could improve the quality of our teaching workforce for all kids in the state. Follow up deep dive sessions into specific research and strategies also planned.

Event Date: Week of June 22nd

Past WEPC Events

The Urban/Suburban Educational Divide: Racial Inequities and Shifting Landscapes

Schools in urban and suburban locations can vary immensely in quality, increasing the importance of where we send our kids to school. But why are some schools better than others? How has America’s notion of a good school deepened educational and racial inequities? Join the Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) and the BU Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC) for a discussion of efforts to ensure students have access to a great education, and why integration efforts to close the urban-suburban divide leave some students caught in between, while others are stuck on one side.

Event Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

2021 Annual Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Conference

On March 17-19th researchers and policymakers from across the country will participate virtually in the 46th Annual AEFP Conference, this year titled: Promoting Equity and Opportunity Through Education Policy Research. Full conference information is available at Several WEPC-affiliated faculty and staff will be presenting or have their work featured.

Inquiry with Influence: Realizing the Potential of Research-Supported Policymaking with the New Wheelock Educational Policy Center

Date: February 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Location: Zoom

BU Wheelock officially launched the new Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC) as part of a commitment to transforming systems that impact learning for a thriving and just future. Watch the webinar to learn about WEPC’s approach to rigorous, policy-relevant research and to meet the WEPC-affiliated faculty driving a research agenda aimed to improve opportunities and holistic outcomes for traditionally marginalized students.