Michael McShane

Director of National Research

Dr. Michael Q. McShane is the director of national research at EdChoice.

Mike is the editor of New and Better Schools, the author of Education and Opportunity and coeditor of Educational Entrepreneurship Today, Teacher Quality 2.0 and Common Core Meets Education Reform. His analyses and commentary have been published widely in the media, including in the Huffington Post, National Affairs, USA Today and The Washington Post. He has also been featured in education-specific outlets such as Teachers College Commentary, Education Week, Phi Delta Kappan and Education Next. In addition to authoring numerous white papers, McShane has had academic work published in Education Finance and Policy and the Journal of School Choice. A former high school teacher, he earned a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas, an M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in English from St. Louis University.

Favorite Quote

“Clear eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.”
— Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights

Favorite Teacher/Class

AP English, Mr. Hagedorn

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Inspiration for Joining the School Choice Movement

I started my career teaching at a historically African-American Catholic school on the West side of Montgomery, Alabama called St. Jude Educational Institute. In my time there, I came to realize that too many children in Alabama and around the country are denied the opportunity of a quality education. As someone who believes deeply that all of us are created equal and that our country will only realize the ideals it was founded on when all of our children have a shot at a quality education, I realized I had to do something about it.