Marguerite Roza


  • Budget cuts
  • ESEA
  • Federal policy
  • Federal funding
  • Rural education
  • School finance and spending
  • School funding
  • State policy
  • Teacher compensation

Marguerite Roza is director of the Edunomics Lab and research professor at Georgetown University. She leads the Certificate in Education Finance, an interdisciplinary certification combining finance, economics and leadership with public policy and administration. Roza’s research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in the area of education finance. Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for their implications on resources at school and classroom levels. As part of her groundbreaking work on weighted student funding, Roza devised a “%SBA metric,” enabling an apples-to-apples comparison of total district funds in a WSF formula. This metric is now commonly recognized as the foundational measurement of WSF formulas nationwide. She led the Finance and Productivity Initiative at the Center on Reinventing Public Education and served as senior economic advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work has been published by the Brookings Institution, Public Budgeting and Finance, Education Next, and the Peabody Journal of Education. Roza is author of the highly regarded book “Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?”