Kevin Carey

Vice President, Education Policy and Knowledge Management

Kevin Carey is the vice president for education policy and knowledge management at New America and directs the Education Policy program. He writes regularly for The Upshot at The New York Times and has written feature articles for Wired, The New Republic, Pacific Standard, Washington Monthly, and other publications. He is a contributing writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education and edits the annual Washington Monthly college guide. His book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere was published by Riverhead in 2015.

Prior to joining New America, Carey worked as the policy director of Education Sector, and as an analyst at the Education Trust and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He has also worked for the Indiana Senate Finance Committee and as Indiana’s Assistant State Budget Director. Carey has a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and master's degree from the Ohio State University. 

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Arizona Shows What Can Go Wrong With Tax Credit Vouchers

Kevin Carey explains the problem with using a tuition tax credit system to fund school vouchers in the New York Times.

Ms. DeVos’s Fake History About School Choice

Kevin Carey’s piece in the New York Times on the failure of the school voucher program was cited in a NYT editorial piece about Betsy DeVos.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is Getting Some Very Bad News About Her Favorite Thing, School Vouchers

Kevin Carey was cited in the Los Angeles Times about how recent findings about school vouchers will affect Secretary DeVos.

Private School Vouchers Are the Fool's Gold of Better Education

The Dallas Morning News cited Kevin Carey's New York Times article on school vouchers in an article about the false promise of vouchers.

Dismal Results From Vouchers Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about a wave of new research on private school vouchers.

The Barrier Breaker: Remembering Stan Jones

Kevin Carey wrote for Inside Higher Ed remembering Stan Jones, the late founder and president of Complete College America.

With Falwell as Education Adviser, His Own University Could Benefit

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about the appointment of Jerry Falwell, Jr. to President Trump's higher education task force.

The DeVos confirmation and the biggest dataset of all time

Kevin and Libby talk through the contentious Betsy DeVos confirmation hearings

Programs That Are Predatory: It’s Not Just at For-Profit Colleges

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about the notion of expanding the Obama administration's for-profit regulations.

Where Are They Now: A Look at America’s Next Generation Universities

Takeaways for policymakers and higher education leaders as they consider a new normal in higher education

Is Free College Really Free?

Kevin Carey was quoted in NPR about whether free college is really free.

The Next Secretary of Education, Happy Holidays

Kevin and Libby talk about what Betsy DeVos means for higher education, more IBR controversy, holiday-season cocktails, and Rogue One.