Author: Matthew Ladner

American K-12 has been permanently changed by the pandemic

And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations They’re quite aware of what they’re going through David Bowie, Changes A district school superintendent recently told me: “COVID has kicked the education reform can down the road 15 years. I’m[Read More…]

New Brookings study on Texas special education cap disturbing on multiple levels

President Harry Truman famously opined that incoming president Dwight Eisenhower, a former five-star general, would have a rough go of things. Observed Truman: “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army. He’ll find it very frustrating.” State[Read More…]

The jump ball of American K-12 education

Award-winning journalist, bestselling author and speaker Eric Weiner noted, “All the golden ages, as we’ve seen in Athens and Hangzhou, contain an element of free for all, a chink in time when the old order has crumbled and a new one is not yet cemented. It’s a jump ball, and[Read More…]

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong

Almost heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River Life is old there, older than the trees Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze — John Denver The pandemic has accelerated many pre-existing trends, including remote work and micro-schooling. The District of Columbia region may face newly sharp competition[Read More…]

Education choice making major advances in 2021

Our friends Jason Bedrick and Corey DeAngelis are in the business of keeping us apprised of school choice advances from states across the country, and business is booming. After DeAngelis’ post went live, Kansas lawmakers expanded their scholarship tax credit program, necessitating an update from Bedrick.  In a year in[Read More…]

A farewell to Edsel

The central problem in American K-12 education, as John Chubb and Terry Moe instructed us years ago in their book, “Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools,” is politics. In most human endeavors, we make more of what people want. If people want less of something, they stop purchasing it, quickly sending[Read More…]