Ben Barrett

Program Associate, Education Policy Program

Ben Barrett is a program associate with the Education Policy program at New America, where he is a member of the higher education team.  His work focuses on student loans, federal accountability and state funding. Prior to joining New America, he worked for the Podesta Group, where he supported the firm's business development and higher education sectors. Ben also previously interned with the U.S. Department of Education and the Texas House of Representatives. 

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Plan II Honors and Government. 

All Work

Fixing a Fatal Flaw in Performance Based Funding

In 2013, 24 states had some sort of OBF model for four year institutions.

Academic Football Playoff Series 2014

Last year, NCAA Division I football programs brought in a combined revenue of over $3.4 billion for their respective schools.

Rethinking the Focus on District Leadership

The Broad Foundation’s decision to accept just two finalists and to then split the award between them spawned confusion and dissent.

A Few of Our Favorite Banned Books

A few members of our team decided to share some of their favorite banned books.

Adding the Absences and Coming Up Short

Some students could be missing as much as 27 days each year, about a month of school, according to a recent report.

Could Empowering Low-Income Parents Help Close the Math Achievement Gap?

Like many before her, Green glosses over the foundational role that early math skills play in preparing children for higher level math.