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John S. Morton

The bio below comes from a published article and may now be dated.

John S. Morton is the senior program officer for the Arizona Council on Economic Education. Previously, he was an economics teacher in Illinois, founder and director of the Governors State University Center for Economic Education (Illinois), founder and president of the Arizona Council on Economic Education, and vice president for program development for the Council for Economic Education. He chaired the advisory board of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition from 1991 to 2000. Mr. Morton has written over 50 publications and books of instructional activities for the high school economics course, including four widely used textbooks. He has received awards for teaching economics, including the Bessie Moore Service Award and the John C. Schramm Leadership Award from the Council for Economic Education and the National Association of Economic Educators, the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, and the Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise Education from the Foundation of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

He was greatly involved in establishing economics as an Advanced Placement course and served three years on the College Board task force to develop the AP economics curriculum and a subsequent four years on the exam development committee. He is the author of Advanced Placement Economics (Council for Economic Education), a widely used supplemental package for the AP economics course. His email is