About Us

Opened in the fall of 2003, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) is one of several research centers within the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas; our staff includes faculty members, research associates and graduate students who specialize in education research and policy.

We are here to serve as a resource to state lawmakers, educators, administrators, and other leaders, providing them with current national, state, and regional research in education to support them in thoughtful decision-making concerning K-12 education in the State of Arkansas.

The Office for Education policy strives to look at pressing issues through the lens of academic research. We seek to help Arkansas’ education leaders and lawmakers bridge the gap between research and practice by providing them with newsletters, policy briefs, web-based resources, and consultation about current education policy issues. Our print and electronic materials and consultation are available to any interested citizen.

Office for Education Policy

The Office for Education Policy (OEP) provides current national, state, and regional education research to support state lawmakers and educators in thoughtful decision-making in PK-12 education in the State of Arkansas.

Gary Ritter, Ph.D.

Gary Ritter, Ph.D.

Faculty Director

Endowed Chair in Education Policy

Sarah McKenzie, Ph.D.

Sarah McKenzie, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Katherine Kopotic

Katherine Kopotic

Research Assistant

Charlene Reid

Charlene Reid

Research Assistant

Elise Swanson

Elise Swanson

Research Assistant

Community Advisor Board

Richard Abernathy

Executive Director

Arkansas Association for Educational Administrators

Jay Barth

Arkansas State Board of Education and Professor

Hendrix College

Shane Broadway

Government Relations

Arkansas State University

John Brown, III

Executive Director

Windgate Foundation

Gary Compton

Assistant Superintendent

Springdale Public Schools

Jerry Guess

Superintendent

Pulaski County Special School District

Laura Kellams

Director

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

Tom Kimbrell

Superintendent

Bryant Public Schools

Alice Mahony

Arkansas State Board of Education

Matt McClure

Chief Learning and Financial Officer

Cross County School District

John Pijanowski

Professor

University of Arkansas, College of Education & Health Professions

David Rainey

Assistant State Director

JBHM Education Group

Vicki Saviers

Arkansas State Board of Education

Valerie Tatum

Superintendent

Covenant Keepers Charter School

Bruce Westerman

Congressman

U.S. House of Representatives

Luke Gordy

Executive Director

Arkansans for Education Reform