The teacher’s union and the Arizona School Boards Association fought hard to block low-income families from having a say in their children’s education. They lost. In a column from the Arizona Republic, Matthew Ladner from the Foundation for Excellence in Education takes a look at what this means for the winners.
Your zoned district school is one of the many in the area rated 2 out a possible 10 by the Great Schools rating service. Fantastic charter schools operate in Tucson, but have long waiting lists. Your family cannot afford to relocate to an area with a top-rated public school. Likewise you could walk to private schools with high test scores and modest costs, but your family cannot afford the tuition.
Would you volunteer to step into the shoes of this child? If this situation isn’t good enough for you in theory, then it’s not good enough for real children in practice.
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Dr. Matthew Ladner @MatthewLadner
Dr. Matthew Ladner is the Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He previously served as Vice President of Research and Goldwater Institute. Prior to joining Goldwater, Dr. Ladner was director of state projects at the Alliance for School Choice. 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. He also coauthors the American Legislative Exchange Council's annual Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress and Reform. Dr. Ladner has testified before Congress, the United States Commission of Civil Rights and numerous state legislative committees. He 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. Dr. Ladner is a Senior Fellow with the Foundation for Educational Choice. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.