Jill Barshay, a contributing editor, writes a weekly column, Education By The Numbers, about education data and research. She taught algebra to ninth graders for the 2013-14 school year. During her own time in high school, she was a poor athlete (cut from the junior varsity soccer team) and a dreadful writer (remediation required). Previously, Barshay was the New York bureau chief for Marketplace, a national business show on public radio stations. Her 2011 series for Slate, "Negotiation Academy," was ranked a top 10 business podcast on iTunes. She has also written for The New York Times and the Financial Times and appeared on CNN and ABC News. A graduate of Brown University, Barshay holds master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.