Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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Thomas B. Fordham Institute
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Formation 2007
Type Education policy think tank
Headquarters 1016 16th Street, NW
Coordinates 38°54′12″N 77°02′12″W / 38.9032°N 77.0368°W / 38.9032; -77.0368Coordinates: 38°54′12″N 77°02′12″W / 38.9032°N 77.0368°W / 38.9032; -77.0368
Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Revenue (2012)

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is an ideologically conservative[2] American nonprofit education policy think tank, with offices in Washington, D.C., Columbus, Ohio, and Dayton, Ohio. The institute supports and publishes research on education policy in the US.


The Institute's namesake was a businessman and civic leader in Dayton, Ohio. His widow, Thelma Fordham Pruett, established the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in 1959 to support a wide range of causes in the Dayton area. In 1997, following the death of Pruett, the Foundation was relaunched, with a narrowed focus on education. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute joined the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in 2007. In 2013, the Associated Press described the organization as "conservative-leaning."[3]


The headquarters of the think-tank operations are located in Washington, D.C. Led by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli, Fordham publishes and supports research on K-12 education across the nation. Additionally, Fordham staff and board members remain involved in organizations that support and develop quality schools.


Fordham-Ohio publishes research and does policy work in the Columbus office and serves as a community school sponsor in its Dayton office. The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation was approved in 2004 by the Ohio Department of Education—making it the first nonprofit organization in Ohio to acquire such a responsibility. Fordham continues to sponsor charter schools even though the recent data shows that many Ohio charter schools are failing.[4][5]

Board of Trustees[edit]

Current [6]

David P. Driscoll - Former Commissioner of Education Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Rod Paige - Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2001-2005)
Thomas A. Holton, Esq. – Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur
Chester E. Finn, Jr. – President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Michael W. Kelly - President and CEO, Central Park Credit Bank
David H. Ponitz - President Emeritus, Sinclair Community College
Stefanie Sanford - VP, Lobbying, College Board
Caprice Young - Vice President for Education, Laura and John Arnold Foundation


Craig Kennedy - German Marshall Fund of the United States
Bruce Kovner - Caxton Alternative Management LP
Chester E. Finn Esq. (1918-2007)
Bruno V. Manno - Walton Family Foundation
Diane Ravitch


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