Kevin Carey

Director, Education Policy Program

Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy program at New America. 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. 

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
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 POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
The DeVos confirmation and the biggest dataset of all time

Kevin and Libby talk through the contentious Betsy DeVos confirmation hearings


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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


EDUCATION POLICY
Is Free College Really Free?

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


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education

Kevin Carey wrote for the New York Times about new research that finds increased school funding improves outcomes.