Educational Policy and Planning Assistant Professor Huriya Jabbar is part of a team that has secured a $10 million grant from the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The grant will launch a national school choice research center called National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH). Jabbar’s research examines the social and political dimensions of market-based reforms and privatization in education. She is currently studying school choice policy and school leaders' behavioral responses to competition, choice and decision-making in higher education, and teacher job choices, recruitment, and retention.
The center will be housed at Tulane University and establishes the first national research center to study how different approaches to school choice, such as voucher programs and charter schools, can better serve disadvantaged students. In addition to Jabbar, REACH also includes researchers and policy experts from the Brookings Institution, Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University, Montclair State University, RAND Corp., Temple University, University of California-Irvine, University of Maryland, and University of North Carolina.
The Educational Policy and Planning program is part of the Educational Leadership and Policy Department of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.