Leesa Foreman

Leesa Foreman

Leesa Foreman
212 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Leesa Foreman is a Doctoral Candidate and Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Education Reform and a Research Assistant in the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. She moved from the Big Island of Hawaii to pursue a Ph.D. in Education Policy. Leesa earned an M.S. in Special Education, focusing on Multicultural Education, and a B.A. in Social Science, focusing on ethic and minority studies, from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. With over 15 years of classroom experience in grades 1-12 in both the general and special education settings in private, public, and public charter schools, she also has experience as an administrator and curriculum coach. Additionally, Leesa served as Secretary on a charter school governing board and as Chairperson/President of a charter school foundation board. She has presented at several national conferences and some of her research interests include school choice, teacher preparation, and teacher quality.


  • University of Arkansas - Ph.D. in Education Reform - (Anticipated 2018)
  • Portland State University - M.S. in Special Education, emphasis on Multicultural Education
  • Portland State University - B.A. in Social Science, emphasis on Ethnic and Minority studies

Research Interests:

  • School choice - charter schools
  • Teacher quality and labor markets - distribution, preparation, and evaluation

Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Foreman, L.M. & Maranto, R. (2017) Why Mission Matters More for (Some) Charter PrincipalsSchool Leadership and Management, Online edition, July 18.
  • Foreman, L.M. (forthcoming). Education Attainment Effect of Public and Private School Choice, Journal of School Choice. Currently available at SSRN as EDRE Working Paper No. 2017-16.
  • Foreman, L.M., Anderson, K.P., Ritter, G.W. & Wolf, P.J. (forthcoming) Using "Broken Lotteries" to Check the Validity of Charter School Evaluations using Matching Designs, Educational Policy. Currently available at SSRN at EDRE Working Paper No. 2017-15.

Research Reports:

Working Papers:

  • Ritter, G.W., Trivitt, J.R.,  Foreman, L.M. (2017). A Meta-Analysis of Merit Pay in Education. Working paper pending submission.