From the Back Cover
"What America Can Learn is a landmark collection that will provide thoughtful guidance and stimulate much-needed change. . . . Essential reading." Rod Paige, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
"This book provides a useful compendium of educational policy from other countries that ought to inform our own debates as we travel down the road of reform. The experience of other countries is essential so that we can improve upon their successes and learn from their mistakes." Clint Bolick, President and General Counsel, Alliance for School Choice
"Both supporters and skeptics of choice-based reform will find this volume provocative and deserving of a thoughtful read." Frederick M. Hess, Director of Educational Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
"This book clearly shows the potential for choice to improve student outcomes, provide better services for the disadvantaged and disabled, and increase options for families." Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution of Stanford University
About the Author
Director of the Center for Educational Freedom Dr. David F. Salisbury explores and promotes education reform policies and private initiatives that will strengthen the independent education system. He has worked extensively on education issues, including school choice, home schooling, testing and accountability. Prior to joining Cato, Salisbury was president of the Sutherland Institute, a free-market think tank in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was also executive director of Children First Utah, a non-profit group that provided scholarship funds for children to attend the private school of their family's choice. For 13 years, Dr. Salisbury was on the graduate faculty in the Department of Educational Research in the College of Education at Florida State University and was a research associate in that college's Center for Educational Technology. He was also a visiting scholar at the James Madison Institute for Public Policy Studies in Tallahassee, Florida, and a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Lima in Lima, Peru and at the National University of San Augustin, in Arequipa, Peru. He is author of the book Five Technologies for Educational Change and co-editor of Educational Freedom in Urban America: Brown v. Board After Half a Century. In addition, Salisbury has authored several book chapters and numerous articles that have appeared in leading scholarly journals. His op-eds have appeared in such publications as USA Today, Forbes, the New York Post, and the American Spectator. He has appeared as a guest on NRR's Justice Talking, MSNBC's Scarborough Country, CNNfn's Money & Markets, and other media. Salisbury holds a bachelor's and doctoral degree from Brigham Young University
James Tooley is director of the E. G. West Centre for Market Solutions in Education at the University of Newcastle, U.K., where he is also professor of education policy. He was formerly director of education at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Before taking up educational research, he was a mathematics teacher in Zimbabwe. He is the author of Reclaiming Education and The Global Education Industry.