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George A. Clowes


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George Clowes is a Heartland senior fellow addressing education policy. He served as founding managing editor of School Reform News between November 1996 and January 2005.

George Clowes is a Heartland senior fellow addressing education policy. He served as founding managing editor of School Reform News between November 1996 and January 2005. During those eight years he solicited and edited hundreds of articles reporting on the latest developments in curriculum, school choice, school finance, and other aspects of school reform. 

He also authored many articles for School Reform News himself, including a lengthy interview each month with a leading figure in the school choice movement. In addition, he wrote longer articles for other publications such as Education Reform and America's Future, GOP Can't Decide Between Tax Credits and Vouchers, and Still No Consensus on School Choice. In 2001, he helped develop The Heartland [School Reform] Plan for Illinois, and in 2008 he authored a research study on lessons from the Milwaukee voucher program, called Can Vouchers Reform Public Schools?

Born and raised in England, Dr. Clowes attended public schools in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He received a Doctorate degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1965 and he was a Fulbright Scholar conducting postdoctoral research in biochemistry at Northwestern University from 1965 to 1967. Over the years, his research studies and analyses in chemistry, biochemistry, manpower planning, and school choice have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Clowes spent most of his career in the private sector, working as a research chemist, software developer/database manager, and market research director. In the public sector, he served as Village Trustee and as Park District Commissioner in the Village of Mount Prospect and he is currently an advisor on the village Youth Commission. As a community access volunteer, for the past 15 years he has produced -- and often directed -- a monthly teen-oriented cable TV show called YouthView from Mount Prospect.

Recent Articles and Publications

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September 30, 2016
By Lennie Jarratt, Teresa Mull, George A. Clowes, Larry Sand, Joy Pullmann, David V. Anderson
“This ruling is ultimately a win for Nevada students and will open the door for other similar school choice programs across the country.” - Teresa Mull
September 27, 2012
By Joy Pullmann, Herbert J. Walberg, Robert G. Holland, S.T. Karnick, George A. Clowes
On Friday, the movie “Won’t Back Down” opens in more than 3,000 theaters nationwide. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, the film is an inspiring story about how a single mother takes on the broken and corrupt public school system – and wins.
October 18, 2010
By George A. Clowes
Only three states—Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming—have no corporate income tax, but Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott wants to add the Sunshine State to that select list.
March 16, 2010
By George A. Clowes
Discussions on school choice in Illinois are currently focused on the Rev. Sen. James Meeks' school voucher bill and the use of public funds to pay for children from failing schools to be educated in private schools.
October 15, 2009
By George A. Clowes
Your two articles about the decline of Detroit and its public schools (“In One House,” Sept. 26, 2009, and “Detroit Coaxes Students,” Oct. 1, 2009) failed to mention how teacher unions helped encourage that decline.
July 23, 2008
By George A. Clowes
This Heartland Policy Study by education expert George Clowes addresses concerns about the efficacy of school vouchers that have been raised recently by some school reform advocates.
September 1, 2004
By George A. Clowes
School choice is urgently needed to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity in education established by the Brown v.
April 1, 2004
By George A. Clowes
This essay, originally written in April 2004 by George Clowes, managing editor ofSchool Reform News, is a detailed critique of the case for favoring tax credits over vouchers as a way to ensure school choice.

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