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Tammy Kolbe

University of Vermont

Tammy Kolbe is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the resources and costs associated with effectively implementing policies and programs in PK-16 educational organizations, and how educational resources can be distributed to promote goals for ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students. She frequently works with state and local education agencies on issues related to education funding and costs, particularly with respect to special education programs for students with disabilities. Currently, she is the co-director for the National Consortium for Research on Special Education Funding & Costs (SEF), a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Education Finance and American Journal of Education, and an expert for the Cost Analysis Standards Project that developed standards for conducting education program cost analysis and economic evaluation. She is the past chair of the American Education Research Association’s (AERA) finance, economics and policy group, and in 2018, she received the AERA’s award for Outstanding Policy Report, for her work on special education costs and state-level special education funding reform.

Dr. Kolbe received her master’s degree in policy analysis and evaluation from The Pennsylvania State University, doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Vermont and was a US Department of Education/IES post-doctoral research fellow (at the University of Maryland).

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