Joe Nathan
Senior Fellow


  • Achievement gap
  • Charter schools
  • Parent involvement
  • School choice

Since 1970, Joe Nathan has worked with district and chartered public schools as a teacher, administrator, parent, PTA president and researcher. Nathan helped write the nation’s first charter school law and Minnesota’s law allowing 10-12th graders to take free college courses. He’s helped create several district/charter collaborations. Twenty state legislatures and several Congressional committees have asked him to testify. Nathan has been on more than 300 radio and television programs and written a weekly newspaper column since 1989. USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and other papers have published his guest columns. Educator, student and family groups have honored his work. Since 1989, Nathan has directed the Center for School Change. Funders have given CSC more than $30 million. With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CSC helped the Cincinnati district increase high school graduation rates and eliminate the white/African American graduation gap. The American School Board Journal selected two of his books, “MicroMyths: Exploring the Limits of Learning with Computers” and “Charter Schools, Creating Hope and Opportunity in American Education,” as “must reads” for board members.