Author: Matthew Ladner

Utah’s irreversible momentum

In the film Honeymoon in Vegas, Nicolas Cage jumps out of a plane with the Flying Elvises-Utah Chapter! The Flying Elvi are still donning the rhinestone suits and jumping out of planes today. Irreversible momentum Utah chapter! Back in the Dark Ages (2021) and before the nation had effectively no[Read More…]

Irreversible momentum for education savings accounts in 2023

The Iowa Legislature has passed a universal K-12 education savings account bill. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to sign the legislation today. This is the first broadly available choice bill to pass in the 2023 session. Congratulations to Reynolds and to Iowa’s legislative and advocacy champions. Iowa’s choice community was[Read More…]

Putting an end to the conscription of children

Over a decade ago I had the opportunity to present a paper at a conference focused on the policy legacy of Milton Friedman. Friedman had a wide-ranging impact of public policy, including but not limited to monetary policy, transportation, education, and the adoption of an all-voluntary military. It was the[Read More…]

An education world without rules or controls

“I’ll show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible.” – Thomas Anderson, “The Matrix” Andy Rotherham recently published his annual Eduwonk In and[Read More…]

The ‘one-room schoolhouse’ returns to rural America

The population of rural America has declined by 12.5% since the 2000 Census, but it could be poised for a comeback. Education freedom has a large role to play. In Rustic Renaissance: Education Choice in Rural America, Jason Bedrick, a research fellow in the Center for Education Policy at The[Read More…]

The districts have crumbled

Wondrous the stone of these ancient walls, shattered by fate. The districts of the city have crumbled. The work of giants of old lies decayed.  —The Ruin During the eighth or ninth century, an unknown author is thought to have surveyed the Roman ruins in Bath, England. The author composed[Read More…]

The long-term shifts taking place in American K-12 education

American K-12 education was doing quite poorly before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. In comparisons to other nations on international exams, American schools spent lavishly but scored poorly. Now matters are worse. The Stanford Educational Opportunity Project recently measured change in reading scores by school district between 2019 and[Read More…]

‘The Baptists and the Bootleggers’ and religious charter schools

Last week we discussed the Oklahoma attorney general’s advisory opinion against enforcement of the state’s prohibition on religious charter schools. After reading up on the subject, I declared myself president of the “Religious Charter Schools are Permissible, Mandatory and a Bad Idea” Club. My view on this is not motivated[Read More…]