Brian L. Carpenter, an adjunct scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, is an independent educational policy analyst who works with schools and organizations that are committed to advancing parental choice in education. From June 2002 through July 2005, he worked at the Mackinac Center, teaming up with policy experts to identify and develop leadership capacity in citizens interested in advancing the Center’s general policies in such areas as parental choice in education; employee rights regarding labor organizations; state spending discipline and privatization; environmental and technology regulation based on sound science; and legislative accountability.

During his time with the Mackinac Center, Carpenter was a frequent presenter at civic clubs, conferences and training seminars. He also published commentaries and was interviewed on talk radio.

Prior to working for the Center, Carpenter excelled in a variety of leadership roles, including emergency refugee relief in Kosovo, intelligence analysis in the U.S. Marine Corps and key executive roles in a number of Christian elementary and secondary schools.

Carpenter’s name appears in the Heritage Foundation’s annual guide to policy experts, and he is currently serving as treasurer of Bradford Academy, a charter school in Southfield, Mich. He is nearing completion of his Ph.D. in education from Capella University; he earned his master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

Carpenter lives in Midland, Mich., with his wife, Sandi. They have two daughters.

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April 18: Another Day of Reckoning

Michigan’s Math Standards Receive a “C”

Government Encouragement

4M: The Real Structural Problem

The $200 Million Question

Watkins Gets It Right

Solve the Problem Any Way We Can

Ironic Choices

Charter Schools: Left Untried

Certifiable Numbers?

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Charter schools were created with the idea that “performance will be rewarded and poor performance will be sanctioned.” … more

Making the Grade

The Candy Police

When state governments can tell local school districts what to do with regard to a detail as tiny as whether or not students can buy candy on school grounds, it’s time to question whether local control has become a thing of the past. … more

The Candy Police

The Ultimate Rationale for School Choice

School Choice Interview on WDEO Radio

Brian Carpenter talks about school choice on WDEO Radio's "Kresta in the Afternooon." … more