Statement From Tom Gilligan Regarding Distinguished Visiting Fellow John Chubb

Friday, November 13, 2015
John E. Chubb
John E. Chubb

"Our hearts are heavy with the news of John Chubb's passing. John spent his life dedicated to making our nation's schools better for our kids, and he will be remembered always for his extraordinary work in education reform. Angela and his family are in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time." 


John Chubb, since 1999, was as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he was a charter member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, on which he served for sixteen years.  Chubb was the president of the National Association of Independent Schools since 2013. 

Chubb devoted his career to education reform, working closely with teachers in K–12 schools with a focus on issues of importance to school leaders and policymakers. He also worked as an international education consultant, advising school leaders around the world. In 1992, Chubb co-founded EdisonLearning, a company that for more than twenty years has partnered with public school districts and charter school boards nationwide to provide innovative schools and education programs with a focus on disadvantaged students.

He authored a number of books, including Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools (co-authored with Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe in 1990), which was one of the most important contributions to the K–12 education reform movement in the US and advocated educational choice.  Twenty years later, in his second book with Moe, Liberating Learning, they focused on the prospects for technology revolutionizing K–12 education and prescribed that K–12 education reforms in the twenty-first century must embrace and fully utilize the newest and emerging technologies.  While on the Koret Task Force, he wrote The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could (Hoover Institution Press, 2012), Learning from No Child Left Behind (Education Next Books, 2009), and Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).

Chubb was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution from 1984 to 1992 and assistant professor of political science at Stanford University from 1978 to 1984.  He has served as an adviser, consultant, and speaker for the White House and for many state governments, public and private school systems, and nonprofit organizations.

Chubb received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and an AB summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, both in political science.