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The Program on Educational Equity and Policy (PEEPs) consists of a group of researchers in the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  Originally named the Education Finance and Accountability Program, the set of topics and issues addressed by our researchers has grown beyond questions in education finance to a broad set of issues related to educational equity and policy.


Mission: Disseminate research on the causes and consequences of educational inequality and policies to address those inequalities.

The audiences for dissemination efforts include researchers, students, and policymakers.  We offer multiple products for these various audiences including a working paper series, policy brief series entitled It’s Elementary, and podcast series called Equity Matters.  We invite you to explore our website, use our research and other products to inform your own research, help with your courses on education policy, and guide you through complex educational policy issues.  Also, we encourage you to reach out to us if you would like to talk to our experts. 

Topics and issues that have been addressed by PEEPs researchers include the following:


PK-12 Education

  • design of state aid formulas

  • education and health

  • effects of school poverty

  • immigrants and education

  • interventions to address low-performing schools

  • race, ethnicity, and educational inequalities

  • role of school boards in educational production

  • school choice

  • school segregation

  • social welfare programs and education

Higher Education

In addition to topics in PK-12 education, PEEPs researchers have investigated issues related to access in higher education including:

  • affirmative action

  • entry and degree attainment in STEM

  • immigrants and higher education

  • instructor quality in higher education

  • international students and higher education

  • place-based scholarships

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