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It’s Elementary is a series of policy briefs on topics in education and education policy. Initiated by John Yinger, these briefs are short, accessibly written articles that can serve as great introductions to education policy analysis for undergraduate and master's students as well as useful pieces for policymakers and their staffs.


Affirmative Action is a Successful Policy for Diversity in College Graduation

Amy Lutz, Pamela R. Bennett, and Rebecca Wang

June 7, 2023

Poor Children Have Lower Literacy Skills than their Higher-Income Peers

March 20, 2023
Michah W. Rothbart, Colleen Heflin, and Gabriella Alphonso

Exposure to Free School Meals in Kindergarten Has Lasting Positive Effects on Students’ Attendance

February 7, 2023
Samantha Trajkovski, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Michah W. Rothbart

How School Aid in New York State Penalizes Black and Hispanic Students

July 30, 2019
John Yinger

How NY State Stole $20 Billion from School Children in NYC (Pt. 2)

June 29, 2019
John Yinger

How Equitable is The Education Finance System in New York State?

June 1, 2019
John Yinger

How NY State Stole $20 Billion from School Children in NYC

May 30, 2019
John Yinger

How Fair Is the New York State Education Aid System?

January 30, 2018
John Yinger, Emily Gutierrez

Updated Pupil Weights for New York's Foundation Aid Formula

October 30, 2017
John Yinger, Emily Gutierrez

Research Informs Debate on Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Proposal

January 30, 2017
John Yinger, Robert Bifulco, Ross Rubenstein

Accounting for Disadvantaged Students in Foundation Aid Formulas

September 29, 2016
John Yinger

All New Yorkers Would Benefit from a Fairer School Aid Formula

August 30, 2016
John Yinger

Longitudinal Student Data and State Education Aid Formulas

July 30, 2016
John Yinger

Undermining Educational Equity in New Jersey

June 29, 2016
John Yinger

A Petition for Education Scholars

May 30, 2016
John Yinger

New York State’s Missing Data

March 30, 2016
John Yinger

Income Sorting

November 29, 2015
John Yinger

In Memory of Wallace Oates

October 30, 2015
John Yinger

Catching Up on California

September 29, 2015
John Yinger

The Renter Effect Part 3: Policy Implications

August 30, 2015
John Yinger

The Renter Effect Part 2: Evidence

July 30, 2015
John Yinger
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