Dr. Matthew Ladner Presentation on “The Florida Model for Education Reform”

FILE - In this April 4, 2002 file photo, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, and Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan unveil the new Florida state stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service, in Tallahassee, Fla. When Jeb Bush entered Florida’s political scene two decades ago, he did so as a self-proclaimed “head-banging conservative,” vowing to capture the governor’s office and “club this government into submission.” Now, as Bush takes steps toward a presidential bid, those first two campaigns provide a window into the evolution of his political persona and his troubles with conservative activists who consider him to be too moderate for today’s Republican Party. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)

Dr. Matthew Ladner of the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute presented on “The Florida Model for Education Reform” at the 2009 New Mexico Turnaround Conference last week. His powerpoint presentation provides a clear path forward for New Mexico. The answer: implementation of reforms undertaken in Florida including vouchers, tax credits, clear and firm state standards, a ban on social promotion, and alternative teacher certification (among others).

The results in terms of achievement have been astonishing and should provide a blueprint for New Mexico policymakers.