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Ed Central is a news and policy analysis website, focusing on education issues from early learning and preK-12 to higher education and the workforce. Our content is published by the New America Education Policy Program, and features news articles and analysis from New America, as well as a variety of education journalists and policy analysts. For more about us, please see our About Us, Contact Us, and Contributors pages.

Our core New America news and commentary team is made up of seasoned journalists, policy analysts and researchers:

Early Education

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Director
Lisa Guernsey

Lisa Guernsey is Director of New America’s Early Education Initiative and Learning Technologies Project. A journalist by training, Ms. Guernsey has been a technology and education writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Deputy Director
Laura Bornfreund

Laura Bornfreund is Deputy Director of New America’s Early Education Initiative. Her commentary has appeared in publications like The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and The Orlando Sentinel.

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Senior Researcher
Conor Williams

Conor Williams is a Senior Researcher on the New America Early Education Initiative. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Commonweal, Dissent, and elsewhere. Dr. Williams holds a PhD in government from Georgetown University.

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Policy Analyst
Clare McCann

Clare McCann is a policy analyst on New America’s Education Policy Program. She works on a range of issues, from early education through to K-12 and federal and state budgeting issues. Her writing has appeared in publications like Roll Call and StateImpact, and she is regularly quote in education stories by media outlets like Education Week and Politico.

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Program Associate
Lindsey Tepe

Lindsey Tepe is a program associate on the New America’s Early Education Initiative and Learning Technologies Project. She is a former fourth and fifth grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools.

K-12

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Policy Analyst
Anne Hyslop

Anne Hyslop is a policy analyst on the New America Education Policy Program, where she specializes in K-12 research. Her analysis and commentary is frequently quoted in publications like Politico, the Washington Post, and Education Week.

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Policy Analyst
Melissa Tooley

Melissa Tooley is a K-12 policy analyst on the New America Education Policy Program. She was previously a policy analyst at The Education Trust, and prior to that worked at The Institute for College Access & Success.

Higher Education

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Program Director
Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey is Director of the Education Policy Program at New America, where specializes in higher education issues. He has published articles on education and other topics in The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic, Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, and Democracy, among others. He writes a monthly column for The Chronicle of Higher Education and edits the annual Washington Monthly College Guide.

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Deputy Director
Amy Laitinen

Amy Laitinen is deputy director for Higher Education on the New America Education Policy Program. Laitinen previously served as a policy advisor to the undersecretary and assistant secretary for vocational and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education  She also served as a policy advisor at the White House. The Chronicle of Higher Education named Laitinen as one top ten innovators of 2013 for her work on competency-based education.

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Director: Federal Education Budget Project
Jason Delisle

Jason Delisle is director of New America’s Federal Education Budget Project. His work has been featured on numerous national media outlets, including PBS’s NewsHour, ABC’s World News Tonight, and American Public Media’s Marketplace, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, National Review, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, and Education Week.

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Senior Policy Analyst
Stephen Burd

Stephen Burd is a senior policy analyst with New America’s Education Policy Program. He has also published articles and op-eds in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Times, and Washington Monthly, and provided expert commentary for media outlets including America Public Media’s Marketplace, the CBS Evening News, CNN, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio.

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Senior Policy Analyst
Mary Alice McCarthy

Mary Alice McCarthy is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Policy Program at New America where she examines the relationship between higher education policy, workforce development policy, and efforts to improve career and educational outcomes for low-income and non-traditional students.    She writes on a variety of topics including career pathways, career technical and adult education, credentials, and the relationship between employers and higher education.

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Senior Policy Analyst
Ben Miller

Ben Miller is a senior policy analyst in the Education Policy Program. He was previously a senior policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Education.  Miller’s work has appeared in or been cited by the Washington Monthly, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, and Houston Chronicle, among other outlets.

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Policy Analyst
Rachel Fishman

Rachel Fishman is a policy analyst for the Education Policy Program at the New America.  Before joining New America, she worked as a policy analyst at Education Sector. Her analysis and commentary has appeared in publications such as US News and World Report, the Washington Post, and USA Today.

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Policy Analyst
Alex Holt

Alex Holt is a policy analyst on the New America Education Policy Program. He researches a range of higher, early, and K-12 education issues. His analysis and commentary has appeared or been cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg.com, Time.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Huffington Post.