Pioneer Institute

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Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
Founder(s)Lovett C. Peters
ChairmanStephen D. Fantone
Executive DirectorJim Stergios[1]
BudgetRevenue: $2,178,130
Expenses: $1,822,097
(FYE September 2015)[2]
United States
Address185 Devonshire Street, Suite 1101, Boston, Massachusetts 02110

The Pioneer Institute is a free-market think tank based in Boston, Massachusetts.[3] The organization was founded in 1988 by Lovett C. Peters. Pioneer's stated mission is "to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government."[4]


Pioneer conducts research in the area of education reform, including charter schools and standards-based education. Pioneer's educational reform work strongly influenced education changes in Massachusetts in the early 1990s.[5] The Institute created a fellowship program to train charter school entrepreneurs, which in 2003 became a separate non-profit organization, the Building Excellent Schools Foundation, which trains charter operators around the nation.[6] The Boston Globe wrote that the Pioneer Institute "has a national profile as the brains of the Common Core opposition."[7] Former Massachusetts Senate President Tom Birmingham, a Democrat, joined the Pioneer Institute in 2015 as Distinguished Senior Fellow in Education.[8]

The Institute also conducts research on healthcare policy, job and business creation, limited and effective state and local government, welfare reform, public pensions, public finance, and government transparency.[9]

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  1. ^ Stergios, Jim (September 7, 2015). "Boston's love affair with big projects must end". Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator. Also see "Quickview data". GuideStar.
  3. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (December 30, 2012). "New Pioneer Institute study stirs debate over public support for religious Jewish schools". Mass Live. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Pioneer's Mission". Pioneer Institute. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  5. ^ Lawrence, J.M. (November 19, 2010). "Lovett 'Pete' Peters, founder of Pioneer Institute; at 97". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Editorial: State's charter school agenda". Milford Daily News. February 20, 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  7. ^ Weiss, Joanna (July 18, 2014). "Will Pioneer Institute knock out Common Core?". Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  8. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (February 2, 2015). "Former Massachusetts Senate President Tom Birmingham joins Pioneer Institute think tank". MassLive. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  9. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (May 10, 2015). "Pioneer Institute report says Massachusetts Health Connector officials 'appear to have lied' to federal government". MassLive. Retrieved 8 September 2015.

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