Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family, is a leading national expert on education issues affecting public and private education, including school choice and home school initiatives, sexual agendas in public schools, censorship of Christian students and academic freedoms issues surrounding the evolution debate.
Cushman’s passion for helping parents reclaim their rights to protect their children from adult agendas taking over the curriculum was the spark that led her to create True Tolerance, an online tool through Focus on the Family. This resource – available at TrueTolerance.org – educates parents on education law and policy and equips them so they can engage their local school officials.
Cushman is also the facilitator for Focus on the Family’s student-led Day of Dialogue, an annual event that provides Christian students with the opportunity to share their faith-based viewpoints with peers about sexuality and marriage in a loving and respectful way.
Cushman has been featured in several national media outlets and radio shows, including CNN’s “Anderson Cooper,” HLN’s “Dr. Drew,” MSNBC, The New York Times, The Denver Post, ABC News, “Janet Parshall's America,” “The Janet Mefferd Show” and the Focus on the Family broadcast.
Cushman has a background in investigative journalism, serving for more than four years as an editor for Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. Prior to joining Focus, she was an investigative reporter for WORLD, a weekly national news magazine. Cushman also served six years at Focus on the Family’s associated state organization in Texas as the media liaison and program director for the 700-member physicians’ grassroots coalition.
Cushman graduated cum laude from Baylor University. She currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colo.