Roxanne Garza

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Roxanne Garza is a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the PreK-12 team, where she provides research and analysis on policies and practices that impact teaching quality and school leadership. 

Prior to joining New America, Garza worked at Citizen Schools as the deputy director of public policy where she combined policy analysis with direct advocacy for policies impacting expanded learning time, national service, and STEM education at both the national and state level. Garza has also worked on higher education and workforce policy at the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the U.S. Department of Education. She received a master's degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
A Step in the Right Direction: Career Exploration in Middle School

Research shows that middle school matters in preparing students for college and career readiness, and policymakers are taking notice.


EDUCATION POLICY
A High-Stakes September for Teachers and Leaders

As states finalize ESSA plans, federal funding for supporting implementation is unclear.


EDUCATION POLICY
High-Stakes For Whom? Understanding Principal Behavior in Rating Teacher Performance

High-stakes for principals, not just teachers, impact principals' ratings of teacher performance.


EDUCATION POLICY
To Improve Professional Learning for Teachers, We Can’t Forget Principals

Education system leaders can make teacher professional learning more relevant and effective by supporting principals as well.


EDUCATION POLICY
Block and Cut: How the Federal Government is Underfunding Student Support and Academic Enrichment

President Trump's proposed elimination of a new program undermines the Administration’s own commitment to local control and autonomy.


EDUCATION POLICY
Congress’ Decreased Support for Effective Instruction Flies in the Face of Teacher Appreciation Week

Congress' decision to cut ESSA Title II-A in the FY17 budget fails to recognize the crucial job of teachers and school leaders.


EDUCATION POLICY
Implications for PreK-12 Education in Trump’s "America First" Budget

The broad priorities for PreK-12 education center around school choice.


EDUCATION POLICY
After-School Choice Matters Too

President Trump proposes eliminating after school services to 1.6 million young people.


EDUCATION POLICY
The School Principal’s Role in Reducing Teacher Turnover

School principals can play a key role in improving teachers’ perceptions of their school environment, which affect their leaving decisions.