Author: Matthew Ladner

K-12 ‘deadweight loss’ falls mainly on the poor

Deadweight loss, also known as excess burden, is a cost to society created by market inefficiency. It occurs when supply and demand are out of equilibrium. Mainly used in economics, it can be applied to any deficiency caused by an inefficient allocation of resources. Here is how Wikipedia defines deadweight[Read More…]

In search of the bright, shiny object

In the morning, when the sun hits our kitchen window just right, a dangling crystal refracts light, sending Serafina (the much-adored Ladner family cat, pictured above) on the “shiny hunt.” Serafina doesn’t understand the properties of light, but she never seems to tire of hunting shiny things. They are shiny[Read More…]

Focus on constituencies to propel education choice forward

Months ago, The Heritage Foundation published a study showing that Democrats have provided determinative votes only rarely in state legislatures on private choice programs. I’ve seen little publicly that would constitute a substantive response. Privately, I’ve heard multiple missives that fall somewhere on the “random grousing” to “grasping at straws”[Read More…]

Public schools take everyone – except when they don’t

Arizona started down the choice road back in 1994 when a bipartisan group of legislators passed both a robust charter school law and an open enrollment law forbidding districts from charging tuition and requiring them to have an open enrollment policy. Subsequently, Arizona lawmakers were the first in the nation[Read More…]

Suburban property values can surge along with student opportunity

I’ve heard that advocates of open enrollment reform are encountering opponents who claim that if you allow open enrollment, then suburban property values will go down. Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the most active suburban choice areas in the country and a hotbed for open enrollment. In examining the record[Read More…]