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Educational Freedom: Remembering Andrew Coulson

Educational freedom was the great passion of scholar Andrew Coulson until his untimely death in 2016. Come learn about his lasting legacy and impact on education policy.

August 9, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60196

Education reform was the great passion of Andrew Coulson, former director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom and author of Market Education: The Unknown History. His documentary series, School Inc., has been broadcast on PBS this year across the country. He was committed to excellence in education and consistently advocated free-market reforms that would make schools more flexible, innovative, and responsive to the needs of parents and students.

Prominent education researchers and thinkers who knew Coulson well commemorate his legacy with articles that explore and expand upon his ideas. Neal McCluskey, Center for Educational Freedom director, and George Clowes, a Heartland Institute senior fellow, will discuss Coulson’s work and offer their insights about how to reform the education in the United States.

  • Speakers
    • Neal McCluskey
      director of the Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
      Neal McCluskey is director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. Prior to arriving at Cato, McCluskey served in the U.S. Army, taught high-school English, and was a freelance reporter covering municipal government and education in suburban New Jersey. More recently, he was a policy analyst at the Center for Education Reform. McCluskey is the author of the book Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education, and his writings have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Forbes. In addition to his written work, McCluskey has appeared on C-Span, CNN, Fox News Channel, and numerous radio programs. McCluskey holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he double-majored in government and English; a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University; and a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University.
    • George Clowes
      senior fellow, The Heartland Institute
      George A. Clowes is a Heartland Institute senior fellow addressing education policy. He served as founding managing editor of School Reform News between November 1996 and January 2005. 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, he received a doctorate degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1965 and was a Fulbright Scholar conducting research in biochemistry at Northwestern University from 1965 to 1967. His research studies and analyses in chemistry, biochemistry, labor turnover, corporate planning models, and school choice have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Clowes spent most of his career in the private sector, working at various times as a research chemist, software developer/database manager, and market research director. He also held public office in the Village of Mount Prospect, serving one term as park district commissioner and two terms as village trustee.
  • Schedule
    • 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
      Registration and dinner
    • 6:00 – 6:05 p.m.
    • 6:05 – 6:40 p.m.
      Neal McCluskey
    • 6:40 – 6:45 p.m.
      George Clowes
    • 6:45 – 7:00 p.m.
    • 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
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