Whitney Downs is a research assistant in education policy at the American Enterprise Institute. Her research focuses on school cost-cutting practices, the role of private enterprise and business engagement in public education, and the legal and structural barriers faced by education leaders. Her work has been published in National Review Online, The American, and the Enterprise Blog, and has been featured by The Wall Street Journal Online, The Huffington Post, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Policy Innovators in Education Network. Ms. Downs graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in sociology from Princeton University, where she also captained the women’s basketball team.