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Matthew Ladner is the Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Dr. Ladner has written numerous studies on school choice, charter schools and special education reform. Most recently, Dr. Ladner authored the groundbreaking, original research “Turn and Face the Strain: Age Demographic Change and the Near Future of American Education,” outlining the future funding crisis facing America’s K-12 public education funding.
The K-12 world as we knew it at the end of the 20th century still employed a 19th century factory model of schooling. Lawmakers from various states engaged in parental choice in the form of public charter schools and private…