Michael McShane

Director of National Research

Dr. Michael McShane is Director of National Research at EdChoice.

He is the author, editor, co-author, or co-editor eleven books on education policy, including his most recent Hybrid Homeschooling: A Guide to the Future of Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021) He is currently an opinion contributor to Forbes, and his analyses and commentary have been published widely in the media, including in USA Today, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He has also been featured in education-specific outlets such as Teachers College Record, 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, The Handbook of Education Politics 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.