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REVIEWS:

“Josh Cowen explains that it was precisely the dismal failure of vouchers to improve schooling that led America’s libertarian billionaires to turn to inflamed Christian nationalists—voters who reject facts—to dismantle our public schools. This vital, infuriating book is a must-read to learn who is harming our kids and our democracy and why, and exactly how they’ve managed to inflict such damage.”

~Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

NEW RELEASE:

HARVARD EDUCATION PRESS, SEPT 10 2024

A deep-dive investigation of education privatization that reveals voucher programs as the faulty products of decades of work by wealthy patrons and influential conservatives.

 

In The Privateers, Josh Cowen lays bare the surprising history of tax-funded school choice programs in the United States and warns of the dangers of education privatization. A former evaluator of state and local school voucher programs, Cowen demonstrates how, as such programs have expanded in the United States, so too has the evidence-informed case against them. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Josh Cowen

Josh Cowen is a professor of education policy at Michigan State University and an author on topics related to education politics, school choice, and culture wars in the United States. In addition to all of the major academic outlets in his research field, his popular writing has appeared in outlets such as the Dallas Morning News, the Detroit Free Press, the Hechinger Report, the Houston Chronicle, the New Republic, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Slate, Time Magazine, The Tennessean, the Washington Spectator, and more. He lives in mid-Michigan with his family.

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