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Jason Bedrick

Jason Bedrick is a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy. Previously he was the director of policy for EdChoice and a Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom. He also served as a state legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Fox News, Politico, the New York Post, National Review, National Affairs, the Washington Examiner, the Journal of School Choice, the Library of Law and Liberty, and Education Next among many other publications. He earned his Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus in education policy, from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. Jason lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and five children.

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Education Choice Means Accountability to Families

Concerns about waste and fraud in ESAs are misplaced, especially in comparison to other government programs.
Children wait for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to arrive at a bill signing ceremony at St. John the Apostle School, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Hialeah, Fla.

How Big Was the Year of Educational Choice?

Estimating the number of newly eligible students

Survey Says: Parents Want School Choice

The nation’s largest private school choice program is effective, popular, and money-saving. And yet, it could be on the chopping block.

Can School Choice Keep Children Safe from Bullying?

Does a system that assigns students to schools based on where they live effectively trap some of them in dangerous situations?

Profiting from Educational Choice?

It’s students who benefit from tax-credit scholarships

The Data on Detroit

What the data say about district and charter school performance

Want Accountability in Education? Empower Parents

The real disagreement among reformers is not whether there should be accountability, but to whom schools should be held accountable: parents or bureaucrats.

Is Political Control Over Charter Schools Wise?

Education reformers should have serious reservations about democratically controlled charter authorizers.

The Educational Freedom Legacy of Andrew Coulson

Early yesterday morning, after a fifteen month battle with brain cancer, Cato Institute Senior Fellow in Education Policy Andrew Coulson passed away.

How to Fund Education Savings Accounts with Tax Credits

Last year, three states adopted new ESA policies A new funding model should be attractive to policymakers in states where constitutional provisions, such as Blaine amendments, may prohibit publicly funding private education.

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