Jones's research focuses on public budgeting and finance, education policy, and research methods. Overarching themes in Jones's writing include K-12 funding and the financial ramifications of various education policy issues.
In addition to his service to the field, Jones serves on the State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He is also a member of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama's Roundtable.
Analyzes the theory of p values and summarizes the problems with the null hypothesis statistical tests (NHST). Uses a large data set of public school districts in the United States. Demonstrates empirically the unreliability of p values and hypothesis tests as predicted by the theory.
Provides evidence that teachers were more likely to participate in professional development when principals also participated.
Examines the financial response of public school districts as they experience increased competition from charter schools. Suggests that as charter school competition increased, revenues from local and state sources decreased for public school districts.