Expert

George A. Clowes

Senior Fellow, Education
Phone: 
312/377-4000
Email: 
clowesga@aol.com

George Clowes is a Heartland senior fellow addressing education policy. He served as founding managing editor of School Reform News between November 1996 and January 2005. During those eight years he solicited and edited hundreds of articles reporting on the latest developments in curriculum, school choice, school finance, and other aspects of school reform. 

He also authored many articles for School Reform News himself, including a lengthy interview each month with a leading figure in the school choice movement. In addition, he wrote longer articles for other publications such as Education Reform and America's Future, GOP Can't Decide Between Tax Credits and Vouchers, and Still No Consensus on School Choice. In 2001, he helped develop The Heartland [School Reform] Plan for Illinois, and in 2008 he authored a research study on lessons from the Milwaukee voucher program, called Can Vouchers Reform Public Schools?

Born and raised in England, Dr. Clowes attended public schools in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He received a Doctorate degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1965 and he was a Fulbright Scholar conducting postdoctoral research in biochemistry at Northwestern University from 1965 to 1967. Over the years, his research studies and analyses in chemistry, biochemistry, manpower planning, and school choice have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Clowes spent most of his career in the private sector, working as a research chemist, software developer/database manager, and market research director. In the public sector, he served as Village Trustee and as Park District Commissioner in the Village of Mount Prospect and he is currently an advisor on the village Youth Commission. As a community access volunteer, for the past 15 years he has produced -- and often directed -- a monthly teen-oriented cable TV show called YouthView from Mount Prospect.

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