Baker is Associate Professor
in the Department of Educational Theory,
Administration in the Graduate School of
Education at Rutgers University. He is coauthor
of Financing Education Systems with
Preston Green and Craig Richards, author
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.
Farrie is Research Director
at the Education Law Center (ELC).
database of educational data and conducts
to support litigation and public
for ELC and partner organizations.
joining ELC, she conducted research in
the field of
urban education on such topics as school
choice, white flight and school segregation,
coauthored several peer-reviewed articles
on parental involvement among low-income
She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from
Monete Johnson is Research Associate at the Education Law Center. She assists with data collection and analysis to support litigation and public policy for ELC and partner organizations. Prior to joining ELC, Monete worked in multiple research assistant roles at Rutgers University including at the Race, Neighborhoods, and African-American Health Lab. She also worked as a leadership fellow at SquashBusters, Inc in Boston, MA. Monete received her B.A. in Sociology and Economics from Trinity College (CT) and a Master's degree in Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers 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 PhD 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.