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.

What Really Determines School District Spending?

Professional advancement in a bureaucracy comes from increasing one’s budget, not from achieving more with less as it does in the private sector. … more

Michigan is above average – but that’s not saying much

The school choice movement’s greatest failure

Is Every "Choice" a Good One?

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Private K-12 scholarships: a viable alternative for Detroit’s school children

School Choice in the Empire State

"Poor Choices" Yield Better Education

The implications of Tooley’s findings are profound. Opposition to parental choice programs has often hinged on the belief that they would hurt the poor. In the wake of these results from Africa and India, it is difficult to imagine how that belief could be sustained. … more