Return on Education Investment

2012 National Leadership Conference

CSG Education Policy Task Force
Disparate Funding for Public Education Impacts
May 18, 2012

Policymakers, parents and stakeholders are demanding improvements in public education by raising metrics of academic success, pushing for progress in low performing schools, and raising the bar on teacher and leader effectiveness. Differences in funding formulas, allocations and revenue have created disparate funding across the states. These variations in spending per student impact the educational opportunities provided as states ramp up their educational reform. This session highlighted various options states can implement to address the critical budget deficits.

Presentation by Ulrich Boser, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Return on Education Investment


Ulrich Boser

Ulrich Boser is a senior fellow at Center for American Progress, where he analyzes education, criminal justice and other social policy issues. Prior to joining the Center, Boser was a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report, special projects director for the Washington Post Express, and research director for Education Week newspaper. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate and Smithsonian.

Boser has written a number of influential reports. His study of school spending included the first-ever attempt to evaluate the productivity of almost every major school district in the country. Hundreds of media outlets covered the release of the report, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Associated Press. Boser also serves as research director of Leaders and Laggards, a joint project of American Progress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute that evaluates state systems of education.

Boser's work has received various awards and citations. He has been an Arthur F. Burns fellow, won the National Award For Education Reporting, and been dubbed a "writer to watch" by Washingtonian magazine. He is also the author of the national best-selling criminal justice book, The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft. Boser has served as a commentator on social policy issues for many media outlets, including CNN, National Public Radio and The New York Times.

Boser graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters.