State Board of Education

John Austin

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John Austin 

OUTCOME: Republicans Tom McMillin and Nikki Snyder were elected to the Michigan State Board of Education in this statewide race. (In Washtenaw County, Democrats Ish Amhed and John Austin received a majority of votes.) For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.

John Austin is director of the Michigan Economic Center at the Prima Civitas Foundation. He currently serves on the state Board of Education and is seeking his third eight-year term. He was nominated as a candidate for the Board of Education at the Michigan Democratic Party convention on Aug. 27, 2016.

Austin is a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution and a lecturer at the University of Michigan. He previously was executive director of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, and served as policy director for the Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth. 

In his work on the state Board of Education, where he serves as president, Austin has been an advocate for policies that would protect the rights of transgender students.

Austin received a master’s in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of
Government, and a bachelor’s from Swarthmore College in economics & political science.
He is married to Terese Austin. The couple has three children and live in Ann Arbor.

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John Austin:  In The News

Michigan education board candidates share ideas on improving schools – Detroit Free Press, Oct. 27, 2016

11 candidates vying for 2 spots on State Board of Education – MLive, Oct. 25, 2016

Special education advocates rally at Michigan State CapitolMichigan Radio, Oct. 5, 2016

Michigan's statewide school board approves controversial LGBTQ policyDetroit Free Press, Sept. 16, 2016

State education proposal would add $1.4 billion to school budgetMLive, July 13, 2016

State of Education (video) –  WGVU-TV, June 24, 2016

State ed board leader accuses GOP member of ‘sabotage’Detroit News, April 28, 2016

Republicans want to eliminate Michigan Board of EducationDetroit Free Press, April 20, 2016

Debate continues over proposed LGBT school policiesMichigan Radio, April 11, 2016

Can Michigan catch up? Group sets goal to boost college degrees, credentials by 2025MLive, Dec. 1, 2015

State School Board Pres. John Austin declines to run for Governor of Michigan, throws his support to Mark Schauer – Eclectablog, May 8, 2013

John Austin re-elected president of Michigan's State Board of EducationMLive, Jan. 15, 2013

Executive Profile: John C. Austin, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings, Feb. 11, 2010