Lindsey Burke

Lindsey M. Burke

Director, Center for Education Policy and Will Skillman Fellow in Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Education

Lindsey Burke researches and writes on federal and state education issues.

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As director of the Center for Education Policy, Lindsey Burke oversees the Heritage Foundation’s research and policy on issues pertaining to preschool, K-12, and higher education reform. In 2013, Burke was also named the Will Skillman Fellow in Education Policy, devoting her time and research to reducing federal intervention in education at all levels and empowering families with education choice. She is the Fellow at EdChoice, the legacy foundation of Milton and Rose Friedman.

Burke’s commentary, research, and op-eds have appeared in various newspapers and magazines and she has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and spoken on education reform issues across the country and internationally. She has published evaluations of education choice options for public policy foundations such as the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and EdChoice and has done extensive work developing and evaluating education savings accounts (ESAs).

In 2015, Burke won Heritage’s prestigious W. Glenn and Rita Ricardo Campbell Award in recognition of her work fighting against national standards and tests and for expanded education choice options.

Burke holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., and a master of teaching degree in foreign language education from the University of Virginia. She pursued her PhD in education policy and research methods at George Mason University, where she examined the intersection of education choice and institutional theory. 


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