Michael Reid Jr is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Planning program at UT Austin. Prior to attending UT, Michael attained two degrees from the University of Connecticut: A Masters degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation, and a Bachelors degree in English. Currently, Michaels research interest are K-12 organizational theory, governance, philosophy, federal and state policy implementation, and equity. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, his research positionality has been shaped by his childhood experiences in poverty and lifelong attendance, from K-12 through graduate school, in public schools. Michael has had several research experiences studying district income segregation and its relationship to school and district achievement. During his Masters program, Michael served as a Graduate Research Assistant in UConn's Department of Educational Psychology, and he also served as Graduate Assistant/Assistant Director for ScHOLA2RS House Living-Learning Community in UConn's Department of First Year Programs and Learning Communities. ScHOLA2RS House is a novel living-learning community program designed to close the four-year graduation rates and academic achievement gaps of collegiate Black/African-American males while cultivating their holistic development (academic, professional, leadership) and post-baccalaureate success.
Michael's research interests reflect his critical inquiry into the purpose, principles, objectives, funding formulas, organization and governance structure of K-12 public education as a public good in a post-COVID-19 world. Specifically, his research inquiry focuses on federal and state education policy implementation and politics with an emphasis on systems change and equity.