The Hour is Later than Osborne Thinks

January 22, 2019

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Over at RedefinED I make the case that David Osborne’s fears of universal education savings accounts have in fact already come to pass with universal public schooling. Osborne opposes universal ESAs because he fears that wealthy families would top-off, well, guess what has been going on since the early 1970s:

The age of multi-vendor education dawned for upper income families decades ago. John Stuart Mill made a respectable case that government should restrict education activity to providing subsidies for the poor, but the justice and political viability of such a system seems deeply suspect given that no one has ever been told they can’t attend a education institution because their parents paid too many taxes. The best solution imo is to provide broad access with a significantly higher level of subsidy, but consider this your invitation to read the piece and reveal the flaws in thinking in the below comments section.

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The Choice Genie Continues to Flow out of the Florida Bottle

January 25, 2016

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

RedefinED has published their sixth look at the changing landscape of Florida education, reporting over 88,000 new choice students over the last two years.

Florida choice


Baby Boom and Baby Boomer Retirement Combo will Require Broad Public Sector Rethink

October 28, 2013

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

I have a guest post over at RedefinED today showing that Florida’s young and elderly populations will be simultaneously and hugely¬†expanding over the next 17 years. The policy changes needed to successfully cope with such profound shifts will likely make the last 15 years seem quaint by comparison.

I’m generally a determined optimist, but the demographic changes in Florida will require substantial changes in every aspect of state policy-not just K-12, but higher education, health care and pensions.

By the way, the same phenomenon is coming to a state near you. The Census Bureau projects that the state with the lowest Age Dependency Ratio in 2030 will be greater than the state with the highest Age Dependency Ratio in 2010.

In K-12, we need to find ways to educate children that improve both academic and cost effectiveness. The sooner we do this the better, because the highly stressed working age taxpayers of 2030 are in the K-12 pipeline right now.