Candidate Bio: John Austin

Candidate for State Board of Education

austinphotoJohn is running for reelection to the State Board of Education, after having served as President of the Board for the past three years. John brings a unique perspective to the SBE, as a non-resident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution and the director of the Michigan Economic Center. He knows that education is the engine of opportunity for Michigan children in our changing economy, and he fights for equity in education quality so that every student has the same shot at a successful career in the field of their choice.

John supports investing more in our schools, and devoting more funding to students with the greatest need— for example, special education students and non-native English speakers. His opponents seek to continue the trend of defunding our public schools in favor of unregulated charter and cyber schools that aren’t being held accountable to Michigan taxpayers. John has led our state’s business, education and higher education community to help more of our people access and succeed in public education. John wants to raise up our struggling public schools and move Michigan forward as a model state for education excellence and higher education attainment.