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Houck, Eric

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

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"Whatever it is that money may be thought to contribute to the education of children, that commodity is something highly prized by those who enjoy the greatest measure of it. If money is inadequate to improve education, the residents of poor districts should at least have an equal opportunity to be disappointed by its failure."

- Private Wealth and Public Education
  Coons, Clune, & Sugarman, 1970


A noted authority on education finance issues, Eric Houck’s current research focuses on the mechanisms by which teachers and students are allocated across schools and districts, particularly via salary structures and student assignment policies. He is a coauthor of one of the leading school finance textbooks on the market and his research has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Education Finance, the Peabody Journal of Education, Education and Urban Society, and Leadership and Policy in Schools.

A former public school teacher, Houck was a member of UNC's inaugural class of NC Teaching Fellows.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2006 – Educational Leadership and Policy – Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. 1999 – Educational Policy Studies – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. 1992 – English Education – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Doctoral Program Affiliation(s)

Ph.D. in Education - Policy, Leadership and School Improvement

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Research Interests

  • State Funding Formulas
  • Local District School Finance Policies
  • School District Efficiency
  • Student Assignment Issues
  • Teacher Quality
  • Teacher Salary

Teaching Areas

  • Data Analysis
  • School Finance
  • Economics of Education

Honors & Awards

  • 2012 Distinguished Research and Practice Fellow, National Education Finance Conference
  • 2009, Fellow, National Center for Education Statistics Cooperative Systems Program, Washington, DC

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • American Education Finance Association
  • American Educational Researchers' Association
  • University Council for Educational Administration

Professional Service

  • 2010-present, Advisory Editor for Education, Oxford Bibliographies Online
  • 2009, Georgia Race to the Top grant writing committee, teacher and leader quality team.
  • 2008-present, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Education Finance.


Guthrie, J. W., Springer, M. G., Rolle, R. A., & Houck, E. A. (2007). Modern education finance and policy. Chicago: Allyn & Bacon.

Selected Publications

Houck, E. A. (2013). Comment on Brent Beal's and Heather Olson Beal's “Rethinking the Market Metaphor: School Choice, the Common Good, and the National Football League” Journal of School Choice, 7(4), 517-519.

Williams, S. M., & Houck, E. A. (2013). The life and death of desegregation policy in the Wake County Public School System and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Education and Urban Society, 45, 533-547.

Houck, E. A., & Eom, M. (2012). Resource and output equity as a mechanism for assessing educational opportunity in Korean middle school education. Journal of Education Finance, 38(1), 18-51.

DeBray, E. H., & Houck, E. A. (2011). A narrow path through the broad middle: Mapping institutional considerations for ESEA reauthorization. Peabody Journal of Education, 86(3), 319-337.

Houck, E. A. (2011). Intradistrict resource allocation: Key findings and policy implications. Education and Urban Society, 43(3), 271-295.

Dayton, J., Dupre, A., & Houck, E. A. (2010). Brother, can you spare a dime?:  Contemplating the future of school funding litigation in tough economic times.  Education Law Reporter, 258,937-954.

Guthrie, J. W. Springer, M. G., Rolle, R. A., & Houck, E. A. (2007). Modern education finance and policy. Chicago: Allyn & Bacon.

Houck, E. A., Rolle, R. A., & He, J. (2010).  Examining school district efficiency in Georgia. Journal of Education Finance, 34(4), 331-357.

Houck, E. A. (in press). Intradistrict resource allocation: Key findings and policy implications. Education and Urban Society.

Houck, E. A., & Kurtz, A. (2010). Resource distribution and graduation rates in SREB states: An overview. Peabody Journal of Education, 85(1), 32-48.

Houck, E. A. (2010). Teacher quality and school resegregation: a resource allocation case study. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 9(1): 49-77.

Rolle, R. A., Houck, E. A., & McColl, A. (2008).  And poor children continue to wait: An analysis of horizontal and vertical equity among North Carolina school districts in the face of judicially mandated policy restraints 1996-2006. Journal of Education Finance, 34(1): 75-90.

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