Sarah Lenhoff

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Director of the Detroit Education Research Partnership, Wayne State University
Chapter Member: Michigan SSN
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Lenhoff's research focuses on education policy implementation, educational access, and continuous improvement. Overarching themes in Lenhoff's writings include the effects of school choice policy on equitable opportunities for students; the causes of and emerging solutions to reduce student absenteeism; and the ecological factors that intersect with education policy to produce student outcomes. Lenhoff leads the Detroit Education Research Partnership and serves on the core team of the Every School Day Counts Detroit coalition. She is also a faculty affiliate with the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH).


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"Unregulated Open Enrollment and Inequitable Access to Schools of Choice" Peabody Journal of Education 95, no. 3 (2020): 248-271.

Analyzes the local discretion provided in Michigan’s interdistrict school choice policy in relation to the goals of access to schools of choice, desegregation, and educational equity. Finds that local school districts restrict access to Black and economically disadvantaged students.