Martin Lueken

Marty is the director of fiscal policy and analysis for EdChoice. He received his doctorate in education policy from the University of Arkansas and master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri.

Unbundling: How K–12 Education Could Do Transportation Differently

As school districts across the country deal with uncertainty about how schools will reopen in the Fall as the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted, many organizations (such as AFT and AEI) have proposed guidelines for education leaders to consider as they pen their plans for reopening. Some of these guidelines include calls for physical distancing, screening […]

Unbundling: Three Ways Public Schools Can Rethink Food Services

School districts spend about $24 billion on food services each year. According to the USDA, approximately 29.8 million students receive school lunch every day through the National School Lunch Program. That’s about 60 percent of public K-12 students in the country. Nationwide, the cost of providing food services on a per-pupil basis, after adjusting for […]

Unbundling: Three Policies That Would Improve Schools’ Core Education Services

Up to this point, we’ve talked about unbundling what we might call “ancillary” school services like transportation, food, professional development, and remedial education. Now, it is fair to note that thinking of these as ancillary is probably insufficient because if kids can’t get to school, they can’t do anything else. Seems pretty essential. But that […]

The Unbundling Series: Five Services Public Education Should Do Differently

The greatest superpower the world has ever known laid low by a pandemic, driving divisions that eventually lead to its downfall.  Sound worrying? No, we’re not talking about America, we’re talking about Ancient Rome. In the year 165 AD, a plague (probably smallpox) began to ravage the Roman Empire, killing roughly 20 percent of the […]

What the EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker Tells Us About Teacher Pensions

How will the COVID-19 recession change the landscape of K-12 education for students, families and teachers in the U.S.? Some predict a sharp increase in alternatives to traditional schooling such as homeschooling, hybrid homeschooling and microschools. Many private schools have already closed permanently because of the recession. And many districts have already announced plans to […]

What Are ESAs And How Do They Work?

“ESA” is an acronym used for more than 150 different organizations, technology, policies and other entities. European Space Agency. Endangered Species Act. Emotional Support Animal. Entertainment Software Association. Eastern Surfing Association. Economic and Statistical Analysis. But in the education world, ESA stands for “educations savings account.” In K–12 education, ESAs are state-based programs where parents […]

K-12 Fiscal Relief in the Aftermath of COVID-19

K-12 education historically has been insulated from recessions, but the fallout from COVID-19 will strain state and district budgets and leave lawmakers and other public officials struggling to figure out financial solutions for years to come. Policymakers will be hard-pressed to find solutions to these challenges, but the answer is not growing the traditional system, […]

Four Ways Evidence Shows School Choice Can Help Teachers

From the 11-day teacher’s strike in Chicago, the nation’s third largest public school district, to a looming Statehouse protest in Indiana, teachers and their working conditions are making headlines. Teachers’ unions tend to oppose educational choice policies, but there are several ways expanding choice could actually help teachers. Here are the four big ones.   […]