George W. Bush Institute


Ensuring all students receive a quality education.

President and Mrs Bush in a school classroom with elementary age kids.

The Bush Institute believes that every child has the ability to learn.

We partner with nationally-known research organizations, policymakers, and school districts to ensure all Americans can access a quality education. Through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, we also provide grants to school libraries so they can extend, update, and diversify their book and print collections.

Our Nation’s workforce and public education are profoundly connected. But the two systems often operate independently, limiting students’ futures and the capacity of our economy. State leaders can create policies that help more Americans transition from education into careers, giving people real choices for their futures.

To increase achievement for children of all races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses, we must have:

  • High standards and high-quality instruction
  • Quality assessments tied to those standards
  • Meaningful consequences for low performance


Read Anne Wicks's biography.
Anne Wicks
Anne Wicks

Don Evans Family Managing Director, Opportunity and Democracy George W. Bush Institute

Read Alex Dowdy's biography.
Alex Dowdy

Senior Program Manager, Education George W. Bush Institute

Read Alexis Yelvington's biography.
Alexis Yelvington

Associate, Education George W. Bush Institute

Read Bill Haslam's biography.
Bill Haslam

Sammons Enterprises Fellow George W. Bush Institute

Read Robert Balfanz's biography.
Robert Balfanz

Advisor, Education George W. Bush Institute

Read Matthew Clifford's biography.
Matthew Clifford

Advisor, Education George W. Bush Institute

Read Mark Dynarski's biography.
Mark Dynarski

Advisor, Education George W. Bush Institute

Read Amanda Wirtz's biography.
Amanda Wirtz

Advisor, Education and Opportunity George W. Bush Institute

Read William McKenzie's biography.
William McKenzie

Senior Editorial Advisor George W. Bush Institute

Read Steve Tozer's biography.
Steve Tozer

Fellow, Education Reform Initiative George W. Bush Institute

Dr. David Chard

Dean, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Boston University

Dr. Daniel “Danny” P. King

Former Superintendent, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District

Stephanie L. Knight

Dean, Simmons School of Education & Human Development, SMU

Dr. James "Jim" S. Lanich, Ph.D

President & CEO, Educational Results Partnership (ERP)

Mark Okada

Managing Partner, Sycamore Tree Capital Partners

Paul Pastorek

Managing Partner, Pastorek Partners; Former Superintendent of Education, Louisiana

Florence Shapiro

Former Texas State Senator

Hanna Skandera

Former Secretary of Public Education, New Mexico Department of Education

Jeremy Smith

Co-President, Rainwater Charitable Foundation

Dr. Grover “Russ” J. Whitehurst

Former Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution; Editor, Evidence Speaks Project

Amy Wilkins

Senior Vice President, National Alliance for Public Charter School


Investing in our teachers is a sure-fire way of gaining what we’ve lost over the past two years.
Managing Director, Leadership and Programming, George W. Bush Institute
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