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Jonathan Butcher

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Jonathan Butcher

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Jonathan Butcher serves as Education Director for the Goldwater Institute. He has researched education policy and school choice programs at both the state and national level. 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 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, DC. His research has appeared in journals such as Education Next and the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy. He has appeared on local and national TV outlets, including interviews on Fox News. He has been a guest on many radio programs, and his commentary has appeared in newspapers around the country. He holds a B.A. in English from Furman University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Arkansas.