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Michael Goetz

Senior Associate


Michael Goetz is an expert in education policy and school finance research. Over his career, he has worked with academics and policymakers to analyze fiscal data and develop evidence-based and professional judgment models for PK-12 school finance adequacy in Kentucky, Maine, Texas, North Dakota, Arkansas, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Arizona. Michael has also performed analyses of school-based resource allocation and restructuring in Hawaii, Missouri, New Jersey, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


Michael’s most recent adequacy work was in Kentucky. There, he led a Kentucky school finance adequacy study using multiple methods for the Council for Better Education and an advisory board of policy leaders in the creation of an adequate funding structure with input from practitioners across the state.

Before focusing on school finance policy, Michael was a Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Prior to joining CPRE, he managed K-8 educational centers for Score Learning, Inc. in New York and taught middle school math and science in Kansas City. In addition to being a senior associate at FourPoint Education Partners, Michael is the executive director of Research for Social and Educational Change.


  • Education policy
  • School finance


  • PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wisconsin-Spencer Doctoral Research Program Fellowship
  • BA in Educational Studies from Washington University in St. Louis

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