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
Implications for PreK-12 Education in Trump’s New Budget

EDUCATION POLICY
Highs and Lows of Higher Ed in the White House Budget Request

The White House released its fiscal year 2019 budget request to Congress today, with big implications for higher ed.


EDUCATION POLICY
While Funding for Improving Instruction Hangs in the Balance, Data Collection is Key

As federal funding for Teacher Quality State Grants is uncertain, data collection on how the funds are used should be improved.


EDUCATION POLICY
Early College High Schools Take On Teacher Preparation

Early college high schools specializing in the teaching profession work to encourage more young people to become educators.


EDUCATION POLICY
Holding the PROSPER Act Accountable

This first post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes accountability under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Not-So-Simple Simplification in the PROSPER Act

This second post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes financial aid policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
The “Innovation” Trap in the PROSPER Act

This third post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes "innovation" policies under the proposal.


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.