Michael Q. McShane is a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI and concurrently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. While obtaining a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, he taught ninth and tenth grade English and religion studies at St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery, Alabama where he was also the assistant baseball coach. His first book, "President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political" (co-authored with Robert Maranto), was published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2012. At AEI, McShane will be working on federal education policy, and the politics of education reform (including school choice, and Common Core standards).
M.Ed., University of Notre Dame B.A., English, St. Louis University
Top-notch charter schools can only serve a fraction of America's school children, meaning most children will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools. How do we ensure that all students receive an excellent education, even in historically failing schools? In his new book...
At this AEI conference, panelists will present the results of their research and thoughts on the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and provide actionable responses to the questions that will mark the next phase of Common Core implementation efforts.
AEI's Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane have commissioned eight papers that address the complements and conflicts assciated with this state-driven initiative and provide actionable responses to the questions that will mark the next phase of Common Core implementation efforts.
Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Childrenby Sarah CarrBloomsbury Press, 2013, $27; 336 pagesAs reviewed by Michael McShaneHope Against Hope, Sarah Carr’s vivid, character-driven account of education reform in New Orleans, left me with more questions than...
A survey of the research literature on private school voucher programs shows a consistent pattern. School voucher programs are associated with positive (though small) results for participating students and positive (but also small) results for those students that remain in traditional public schools.
In education policy circles, the “charter schools are a plan by ultra-conservatives to privatize the public school system” is a conspiracy theory that is quite popular. Ember Reichgott Junge’s book Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story puts that theory to rest.