About Bruce D. Baker

About me and my work

Bruce Baker is a Professor and chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami. His most recent book Educational Inequality and School Finance is available through Harvard Education Press Group: https://www.hepg.org/hep-home/books/educational-inequality-and-school-finance.


Available October, 2021

Baker combines historical background, legal analysis, and political and economic contextual data—along with a gleaming wit—to present a thorough, enlightening narrative of Kansas’s K–12 funding journey.

Educational Inequality and School Finance

Bruce Baker draws on his many years of research to destroy the myth that money in education doesn’t matter, and convincingly argues that equitable and adequate funding are prerequisites for an effective education system.

Helen (Sunny) ladd (back cover notes)

The tricky thing about a smarty pants like Baker is he uses statistics to back up his claims.

Justin Kendall, The Pitch (Kansas City)


Interview & News Coverage:

Panels & Lectures:

UCEA Mistifer Lecture (November 2021)

Shanker Institute Event on Housing Discrimination and School Finance

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond: District Dialogues

Shanker Institute: COVID Pandemic and K12 Funding

Shanker Institute: Supplement not Supplant

National Press Club/Century Foundation: Restoring the Promise of Community College

Trinity College: How and Why Money Matters in Connecticut School Finance

Shanker Institute 2019: Cutting through the Clutter

Johns Hopkins discussion on informing state school finance reform

Opportunity & Equity – Shanker Institute

Harvard GSE Askwith Forum

On Race to the Top & Federal Policy

Stealth Inequities in School Funding (Center for American Progress)

New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association Legislative Policy Forum