Andrew Coulson directs the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, where he investigates the relative merits of alternative education policies. He studied the history of schooling from classical Greece to the present for his book Market Education: The Unknown History, has reviewed the worldwide research comparing different school systems, and conducted statistical analyses on education tax credits, vouchers, and charter schools.

Andrew has appeared on national radio and television, lectured internationally, and been published in newspapers such as the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Canada’s Globe and Mail and Sweden’s Svenska Dagbladet. He has testified before the United States House and Senate. He joined Cato after serving as senior fellow in education policy for the Mackinac Center. His first career was as a systems software engineer for Microsoft.

Catholic Schools and the Common Good

Given Catholic schools’ superior social and academic effects, it would seem sensible to structure education policy so as to make Catholic schooling more readily available, especially to low-income and minority families. We have done the opposite. … more

A Looming Charter School Re-Union?

Catholic Schools and the Common Good

A fair comparison: U.S. students lag in math and science

No Cop-Out Left Behind

A Fair Comparison: U.S. Students Lag in Math and Science

The notion that America’s public school problems are confined to inner cities, and that our wealthy suburbs produce world-beating high school graduates, is a myth. … more

The Great Emigration

If people are the lifeblood of a city, then Detroit is bleeding to death. Staunching the flow will require a dramatic improvement in the city’s schools. … more

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