Former junior-high and high school teacher Matthew J. Brouillette is assistant director of education policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and managing editor of the Center's quarterly education journal, Michigan Education Report. He received a bachelor of arts degree in U. S. history and secondary education from Cornell College in Iowa, a master of education degree in graduate education from Azusa Pacific University in California, and a master of arts degree in history from the University of San Diego.

Jeffrey R. Williams, a Michigan native, is a writer, researcher, and adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and lives in Oberlin, Ohio. As a policy analyst for the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions in Dayton, Ohio, he completed studies in 1998 on the costs of K-12 education and the progress of the Cleveland school choice program.