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Matthew Ladner


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.

Published Articles & Media

In Defense Of Education’s “Wild West”

Charter schools thrive in the Four Corners states

Should Reformers Support Education Savings Accounts?

Education Next talks with Matthew Ladner and Nelson Smith

The Next Step in School Choice

Should Reformers Support Education Savings Accounts?

How the Aging of the U.S. Population Will Affect K-12 Education

As the Baby Boomers retire, a fierce battle between advocates of public spending on health and public education looms.

Demography as Destiny?

Hispanic student success in Florida

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