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About The Authors
Linda McSpadden McNeil
Linda McSpadden McNeil is professor of education and director of the Rice University Center for Education. She is the author of Contradictions of School Reform: Educational Costs of Standardized Testing (Routledge, 2000). She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research encompasses educational quality and equity, and the education of urban youth in the context of standardization and globalization.
Eileen Coppola is a Research Scientist at the Rice University Center for Education and a lecturer in Education at Rice. She is the author of Powering Up: Learning to Teach Well with Technology (Teachers College Press, 2004). Her doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education is in Administration, Policy, and Social Planning in the Urban Superintendents Program. Her recent research is on the effects of policy on classrooms and student experience, and on the quality of students' engagement with schooling.
Judy Radigan is a Research Scientist at the Rice University Center for Education and a lecturer in Education at Rice. She holds a PhD from the University of Houston in Educational Psychology and has extensive experience as a teacher and principal in urban schools. She is devoted to researching the lives of youth in schools and supports equitable educational opportunities.
Julian Vasquez Heilig
University of Texas-Austin
Julian Vasquez Heilig is an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. He holds masters degrees from Stanford and the University of Michigan. His current research includes quantitatively and qualitatively examining how high-stakes testing and accountability-based reforms and incentive systems impact minority