Jonathan Butcher

Education Director

Jonathan Butcher serves as Education Director for the Goldwater Institute. He has researched and testified on education policy and school choice programs around the U.S. His work has appeared in journals such as Education Next and the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, and he has appeared on local and national TV outlets, including C-SPAN and Fox News. He has also been a guest on many radio programs, and his commentary has appeared nationally in places such as the Wall Street Journal, Education Week, and National Review Online along with newspapers around the country.

Jonathan was a member of the Arizona Department of Education’s first Steering Committee for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, the nation’s first education savings account program. He is also a Senior Fellow with The Beacon Center of Tennessee, a nonpartisan research organization.

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 previously 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, D.C. and Milwaukee, Wisc.

Jonathan studied education and family policy at The Heritage Foundation, a research institute in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. in English from Furman University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Arkansas.

Media Coverage

In January, President Obama threw caution to the wind when he tried to . In what the White House called a “simpler, fairer” reform to the tax code, the president wanted to eliminate a savings plan that includes an incentive for parents to save for their child’s college education. Meanwhile ...

Seven years later, we don’t know exactly how close we are to fulfilling this prediction, but evidence suggests we are certainly closer. The U.S. Department of Education reported  took an online class in 2009-10. More than half (55 percent) of districts in the department’s survey reported that ...

Earlier this month, Nevada lawmakers did something unusual: State legislators gave every public school parent the option to choose how and where their child is educated. With Gov. Brian Sandoval's signature on , state lawmakers will find out just how badly parents want flexible choices in their child's K-12 ...

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