Mentor: Dr. David Denslow
Warrington College of Business
"I applied for the program in order to gain a further understanding about how knowledge of economics is used in order to benefit society. I also wanted to learn about how to conduct successful research in the field. I hope to fully complete the project that I have proposed, and I hope that it will actually make a difference in the community."
Economics and Mathematics
- Innovation and Technology
- Theoretical Mathematics
- Dean's List, Fall2011-Spring 2011
- Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity
Hobbies and Interests
- Video games
- Working out
Why Aren't Florida's Children Learning: An Economic Study of Florida's Ailing Public Education System
I am going to attempt to find economic solutions to Florida's ailing public education system. The first thing I will do is to try to pinpoint why some counties in the state have better school systems then others. I will take two different approaches to this. First, I will look to find success and failure at the bureaucratic level. I will investigate patterns of spending in certain districts by doing comparative research of economic indicators among different counties. I will also look for trends in the types of candidates who get elected to certain county's school boards by using Citizen-Candidate Models. Secondly, I will look for solutions at the policy level. I will investigate certain education policies with varying degrees of success and failure, with special attention being placed to topics which have become important in the past few years, including foreign language, computer science, and globalization. After this, I will attempt to find solutions to the problems that Florida is facing. I will try to find solutions to implement successful education policies, at both the local and state levels, and try to find successful methods of financing these policies.