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The Future is Now: Corey A. DeAngelis


As one of the leading authorities on school choice in America, Corey DeAngelis has been a frequent panelist at Impact Fund events, most recently the 2020 Bradley Impact Fund Conference. He has authored many of the longitudinal research studies on the effect of school choice programs on non-academic outcomes such as criminal activity, character skills, mental health, and political participation, providing the data needed to inform education policy debate and change. Corey has built an influential presence on the social media he uses to engage the public on educational freedom and dispel myths about school choice. Corey was named a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 – Education. His high school experience at a magnet school in San Antonio, Texas sparked his interest in school choice.

As executive director of the Educational Freedom Institute (EFI), Corey is at the forefront of EFI’s mission to research, document, and report the benefits that school choice provides to students, families, and communities. He is a leading advocate of education funding that follows the student rather than the school. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many to reconsider the structure of K-12 education funding, and EFI is leveraging this opportunity by providing resources to families that make the case for funding students directly rather than institutions. EFI also regularly advises legislators on policies that will help expand educational freedom through school choice initiatives.

“Families are figuring out schools are not there for them [during the pandemic]… There’s no reason to have the money not following the child. That’s the difference with K-12 education — the norm in preK and higher ed is the money already follows the student.” — Corey DeAngelis, Executive Director, Educational Freedom Institute, and Director of School Choice, Reason Foundation

The Future is Now