Martin Lueken: Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis
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Martin Lueken

Martin Lueken

Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis

Marty studied in the department of education reform and received his doctorate in education policy from the University of Arkansas. He also earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri. His research interests include education finance and teacher pensions. His work primarily focuses on fiscal policy issues as they pertain to education choice. He also travels around the country to testify in states that introduce education choice legislation.

Prior to joining EdChoice, Marty was the education research director at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, where he worked on school choice policy in Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education, with an emphasis in sports medicine, from Eastern Illinois University. After graduating, he moved to Yashio City in Japan, where he taught English in public junior high schools for five years. That experience shifted his interests to education policy in the United States. Upon his return, he set out to pursue graduate work that would best equip him for effectuating meaningful change in the education policy arena. His experiences in Japan ultimately led him to the education reform movement.

Marty is a native of St. Louis and currently lives in Indianapolis with his lovely wife and *sometimes* sassy daughter.

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Favorite Teacher/Class

James Raterman, High School English


Favorite Quotes

“The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both.”

 Milton Friedman


“Don’t burn the day…”

– Dave Matthews


High School Mascot



Favorite Pastimes

Photography and learning Japanese


Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

Milton Friedman’s ideas about the role that government should play in K-12 education

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