Discovery Institute’s American Center for Transforming Education  (ACTE) works with state legislators, policymakers, and parents to promote systemic change to our nation’s education system so that it well serves the families that utilize it.

What We Do

ACTE promotes the expansion of public support for families to choose the schools they believe will best serve their children, whether traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, homeschooling, or virtual schools. The parent is the child’s first and most dedicated teacher, and ACTE believes the family has the fundamental responsibility for educating the child.  We recognize, however, that traditional public schools remain the choice for many parents and are, therefore, working simultaneously to enhance and improve the operations of our nation’s public schools.

Our Team

Don NielsenDonald Nielsen

is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and author of Every School.   After a successful business career, culminating with being CEO of a NYSE company, he has concentrated his time and effort in the field of Public Education.  In 1993, he was elected to the Seattle School Board where he served for eight years and now serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Washington School of Education. Read more…

Jene Jones

serves as Program Coordinator and brings twenty years of classroom teaching both at the elementary and secondary levels in Oregon and Washington. Her experience includes developing and delivering Professional Development for the Curriculum & Instruction and Instructional Technology departments at one of the largest school districts in Washington State. Since January 2013, Jene has been an education policy advocate in Olympia, combining her multi-state teaching and leadership experiences with her deep understanding of our P20 funding and policy structures in WA, in order to strengthen learning outcomes for every student.