Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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Thomas B. Fordham Institute
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Logo of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
TypeEducation policy think tank
Headquarters1016 16th Street, NW
Coordinates38°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
Michael J. Petrilli
President Emeritus
Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Revenue (2016)
Expenses (2016)$4,555,594[1]

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is an ideologically conservative American nonprofit education policy think tank,[2] 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]

Stephen D. Dackin - Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships, Columbus State Community College
David P. Driscoll - Former Commissioner of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Chester E. Finn, Jr. - Distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Thomas A. Holton, Esq. - Counsel to the Firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur
Michael W. Kelly - President and CEO, Central Park Credit Bank
Rod Paige - Former U.S. Secretary of Education (2001-2005)
Michael J. Petrilli – President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Stefanie Sanford - Chief of Policy, Advocacy, and Government Relations, College Board
Caprice Young - Chief Executive Officer, Magnolia Public Schools


Chester E. Finn, Esq. (1918-2007) - Trustee Emeritus
Craig Kennedy - Trustee Emeritus, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Bruce Kovner - Trustee Emeritus, Caxton Alternative Management LP
Bruno V. Manno - Trustee Emeritus, Walton Family Foundation
David H. Ponitz - Trustee Emeritus, Sinclair Community College
Diane Ravitch - Trustee Emerita


  1. ^ a b "Thomas B. Fordham Institute" (PDF). Foundation Center. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Thomas B. Fordham Institute". Crunchbase. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ Elliott, Philip (June 17, 2013). "Report: Too many teachers, too little quality". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Failure of Charter Schools in Ohio, $7 Billion Later". Diane Ravitch. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  5. ^ Dyer, Stephen (26 August 2013). "New state report cards show charter schools underperform". Innovation Ohio. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Fordham's Board of Trustees". Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Retrieved 18 November 2018.

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