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.

How Michigan Could Save $3.5 Billion a Year

Michigan is facing a projected $2.8 billion state budget shortfall. As a result, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has cut $212 million from public school spending -- rousing the ire of parents and education officials around the state. But if Michigan merely converted all its conventional public schools to charters, without altering current funding formulas, it would save $3.5 billion. … more

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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

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