Dr. Matthew Ladner is vice president of research for the Goldwater Institute. Prior to joining Goldwater, Ladner was director of state projects at the Alliance for School Choice, where he provided support and resources for state-based school choice efforts. Ladner has written numerous studies on school choice, charter schools and special education reform.
Ladner is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received both a Masters and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Houston. Ladner previously served as director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the Goldwater Institute and as vice president of policy and communications at Children First America.
Senators McCain and Obama are racing down the stretch of the 2008 Presidential race with substantially different ideas about how to improve American education.
P.J. O’Rourke once described the early Clinton administration as “running the country by dorm-room bull session.”
Online learning has grown rapidly, but the impact to date has hardly been revolutionary. It’s been interesting, but, ultimately, only a niche activity.
Nevada’s education system must address two urgent problems: an ever-growing quantity of students and the low average quality of schools.
A fine line exists between stability and stagnation. In education policy, we have been content to sail well past that line.
Startling statistics show that with abundant school choice and systemic education reform, Florida’s Hispanic students already eclipse the average.
Facing the task of reauthorizing No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Congress also faces an unsustainable status-quo.
Democratic activist Steve Barr, founder of the Rock the Vote campaign, has dived into school reform in Los Angeles. Predictably, this has run him straight into the teeth of opposition from the education union.
America needs to invest more financial resources to help address a looming shortage of college graduates needed for the high-tech economy of tomorrow. Or do we?
Public schools embracing parental choice, both charter and district magnet schools, have been setting the pace in Arizona. You can see this for yourself by using the wonderfully simple Greatschools.net website.
Will charter schools finish off inner city Catholic private schools? Preliminary evidence suggests that charter schools are actually threatening to help close inner city Catholic schools.
The short story is that our colleges of education are giving Ph.D.s to researchers who aren’t qualified to hold a Ph.D. These people, in turn, are providing the research on which public school policy decisions and teacher training is based.
Few Yale seniors, it turns out, know which American President created the New Deal. Even fewer would know which one said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
I have an admittedly odd appreciation for left-wing protest songs. For my money (sorry boomers) there is none finer than Tracy Chapman's Talkin' Bout a Revolution.
Michael Lewis' book The Blind Side tells a fascinating story about poverty and education through the lens of football. Lewis focuses on two main stories.