Julia E. Koppich is President of J. Koppich & Associates, a San Francisco-based education-consulting firm. She has served as a policy consultant for numerous state and federal organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, National Center on Performance Incentives, Education Commission of the States, National Governors’ Association, and. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Koppich has been a principal on studies of urban school change, teacher peer review, and the impact of federal policy on states and local school districts. She currently is a member the core research team investigating implementation of California’s path-breaking school finance law, the Local Control Funding Formula. Her areas of expertise include public sector labor relations and improving teacher effectiveness, with an emphasis on teacher evaluation and compensation. She is the author of numerous articles and co-author of two books, A Union of Professionals and United Mind Workers: Unions and Teaching in the Knowledge Society.