John M. McLaughlin

Dr. McLaughlin holds a BA, MA and Ph.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, the University of Chicago and the University of Minnesota respectively. He was a certified geography teacher and secondary school administrator in Tennessee where he served as a teacher. He then spent the last ten years of his work in that state as principal in an alternative high school. He was a tenured associate professor of educational administration in the graduate school at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota from 1987 to 1998. His primary teaching responsibilities at SCSU included research methodologies and educational law. From 1993 to 2000 he published The Education Industry Report, a monthly summary of investment activity in the education arena. He has been a part of ChanceLight™ Behavioral Health & Education since 1999.

Dr. McLaughlin has delivered dozens of keynote addresses to educational groups across the country. He has served on boards for National Heritage Academies, The Catholic Digest and Bright Horizons Family Solutions. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the Association of School Administrators (AASA) turned to Dr. McLaughlin to write Guidelines for Contracting with Private Providers for Educational Services for the groups’ Series on School Board Governance. In 2001, he brought together the NSBA, the AASA, the USDOE and Legg Mason Wood Walker for a series of discussions on market solutions to the $268 billion backlog of infrastructure improvements needed within America’s public school buildings. At ChanceLight, Dr. McLaughlin has managed government relations addressing such issues as HQT, IDEA and relations with state departments of education and LEAs. In 2009, he was asked to create a Department of Research and Analytics for ChanceLight to measure and improve student and teacher performance within the company’s three divisions and to establish an Institutional Review Board to assure the safety and privacy of any students, staff or faculty involved in any research studies conducted through ChanceLight.

He has been interviewed by virtually every major newspaper, magazine and broadcast media in the U.S. for his insights on the interface of public education and free enterprise. He has been published several times throughout his career. His most recent writing includes an article, Alternative Education’s Impact on Office Disciplinary Referrals (with Eva Gillham) in The Clearing House, September 2012; a book of fiction, The Last Year of the Season, 2014, North Star Press; and forthcoming ethnographic research work, We’re In This Together: Public-Private Partnerships in Special and At-Risk Education (with Mark K. Claypool), 2015, Rowman & Littlefield Education.

In addition, Dr. McLaughlin serves on his parish council, enjoys directing theater and has a personal mission to the Kilimanjaro Region of East Africa.