Katharine Strunk

Katharine Strunk
Katharine Strunk
Professor of Education Policy and the Clifford E. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Education,
Michigan State University

Katharine O. Strunk is a professor of education policy and, by courtesy, economics, and the Clifford E. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Education. She is also co-director of the Michigan State University Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) and an associate editor of the journal Education Finance and Policy. Dr. Strunk’s research is focused on three areas, all of which fall under the broad umbrella of K-12 education governance: teachers’ unions and the collective bargaining agreements they negotiate with school districts, teacher evaluation and compensation, and accountability policies. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University, she was an associate professor at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and an assistant professor of education policy at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Strunk received her Ph.D. in administration and policy analysis from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education.

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GDTFII Brief Supply
California is experiencing one of its most severe teacher shortages1 in two decades. Budget cuts and layoffs resulting from the recession contributed to a steep decline in the number of teachers in California, falling from a high of 310,362 teachers…
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In nearly every state across the country there has been recent legislative or judicial activity aimed at amending policies that shape the quality of the teacher labor force (e.g., Marianno, 2015). At the heart of this recent legislative and judicial…
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In a new PACE Policy Brief, Katharine Strunk from the University of California-Davis analyzes the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) negotiated between school districts and local teachers’ unions in 464 California school districts. She shows…