Rachel An - BR '19Rachel An is a sophomore in Branford College from Long Island. She is currently a prospective sociology major, with interests in art, culture, religious studies, and inequalities in America. Outside the Roosevelt Institute, she is involved with Yale Students for Prison Divestment, Yale University Prison Project, and volunteers for VITA (Volunteer Income and Tax Assistance). Rachel loves all things design related, from costume designing campus shows to taking charge of her suite's furbishments. Tea runs in her veins.
This semester, the Education Center will continue our investigation of state measures of school quality. At least in the beginning, we will resume our partnership with the Institute for Research and Reform in Education. There are two tracks we may take this semester:
A. We will write policy proposals for each of the three states (NY, NJ, DC) using our data from last semester and then start a short-term literature review for the rest of the semester
B. We will write a comprehensive review incorporating the data we mined into our final product
The route we will take, along with the specific research question, will be determined by the team as a whole, but some possible topics include: school evaluations and closures, standardization / standardized testing, funding systems, and school choice. I also think there are exciting opportunities this semester to engage with current politics, such as exploring one of Betsy DeVos’s controversial education reform ideas and engaging in the debate.