Research Team

Bruce Baker is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Administration in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. He is coauthor of Financing Education Systems with Preston Green and Craig Richards, author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on education finance, and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Education Finance and Education Finance and Policy as well as serving as a research fellow for the National Education Policy Center.

Danielle Farrie is Research Director at the Education Law Center (ELC). She maintains a large database of educational data and conducts analysis to support litigation and public policy for ELC and partner organizations. Before joining ELC, she conducted research in the field of urban education on such topics as school choice, white flight and school segregation, and has coauthored several peer-reviewed articles on parental involvement among low-income families. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University.

Theresa Luhm is Managing Director of Education Law Center. She oversees programs, staff and fundraising and has participated in the last several rounds of New Jersey’s landmark Abbott v. Burke school funding litigation. Prior to joining ELC, she worked as a research analyst at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from Rutgers-Newark School of Law.

David Sciarra is Executive Director of the Education Law Center (ELC) in Newark, New Jersey. A practicing civil rights lawyer since 1978, he has litigated a wide range of cases involving socioeconomic rights, including affordable housing, shelter for the homeless, and welfare rights. Since 1996, he has litigated to enforce access for low-income and minority children to an equal and adequate education under state and federal law, and served as counsel to the plaintiff students in New Jersey’s landmark Abbott v. Burke case. He also does research, writing, and lecturing on education law and policy in such areas as school finance, early education, and school reform.

Ajay Srikanth is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. His research interests include K-12 education finance for high needs populations, equity for English Language Learners and immigrants, and education law and policy. Prior to joining Rutgers, he worked as a Spanish teacher for Chicago Public Schools and as an analyst for Chicago Public Schools Office of Language and Cultural Education. He has a B.S. from Boston College in Spanish and Finance and a Master's degree in Education Policy from Columbia University.

Mark Weber is a doctoral student at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, concentrating in Education Theory, Organization, and Policy. He is the coauthor of several peer-reviewed papers on school finance and charter schools, and has written many briefs on a variety of education policy issues for groups such as the National Education Policy Center, the Shanker Institute, and the Education Law Center. He has testified multiple times before the NJ Legislature on charter school expansion and teacher evaluation. Weber also writes on education for popular media at outlets including The Washington Post and The Progressive; his blog, “Jersey Jazzman,” is widely known in education policy circles. Weber currently works as a music teacher in New Jersey.