Jonathan Butcher

    Author Bio:
    Jonathan Butcher serves as Education Director for the Goldwater Institute. He has researched education policy and school choice programs at both the state and national level. Prior to joining Goldwater, Jonathan was the Director of Accountability for the South Carolina Public Charter School District, South Carolina’s only statewide charter school authorizer. Jonathan studied education policy at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and worked with the School Choice Demonstration Project, the research team that evaluated voucher programs in Washington, DC and Milwaukee, WI. From 2002-2005, Jonathan studied education and family policy at The Heritage Foundation, a research institute in Washington, DC. He has appeared on FoxNews and many radio programs. His commentary has appeared in newspapers around the country and on and National Review Online. He holds a B.A. in English from Furman University and an MA in economics from the University of Arkansas.


School Choice Marches Forward

2011 a year of new laws and new lawsuits

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Cheating the Charters

Political and financial lessons from South Carolina

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Good News About Education Reform? Just Look Around

Parental choice in education has seen great success, and stories of students’ changed lives and parents’ and policymakers’ acts of courage are all around us.


Title I Flexibility and Micro ESAs

Instead of continuing with a complex and ineffective maze of Title I regulations, states should have the opportunity to let parents decide how to use Title I dollars.


Arizona’s First Audit of Education Savings Accounts is Instructive

Education Savings Accounts have gained popularity among supporters of parental choices in education, and lawmakers in four other states have enacted laws similar to Arizona’s since 2011.


Education Savings Accounts Are For More Than Just Private School Tuition

In Arizona, families use ESAs to access a variety of learning opportunities for their children.


Education Savings Accounts Turn 5 Years Old

Some 3,000 students in Arizona and Florida are now using education savings accounts, more than half of them children with special needs.


Education Savings Accounts Leave a Mom at Loss for Words

In survey results that the Friedman Foundation released today, evidence indicates that parents using education savings account are very satisfied with their new options.

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