Professor Lavertu has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s in education policy analysis and evaluation from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s in political science from The Ohio State University.
Much of his research examines how politics affects the policymaking authority, design, and operation of public agencies. For example, his work has shown that political conflict leads lawmakers to insulate agencies and limit their discretion, and that political clashes in the executive branch significantly affect efforts to promote performance management practices.
Professor Lavertu is particularly interested in how politics affects the development and implementation of education policies, as well as the outcomes these policies generate. He has coauthored studies estimating the impact of U.S. charter schools on student achievement and currently is working on projects examining the impact of Ohio Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs on various educational outcomes.
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