Aaron Garth Smith is the director of education reform at Reason Foundation.
Smith works extensively on education finance policy and his writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including National Review, The Hill, and Education Week.
Smith graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
New York school spending hits record high
New York spends $30,772 per student each year.
Benefit costs, not school choice programs, are the real drain on public education spending
Benefit costs, not school choice programs, are draining new funding from K-12 public schools.
K-12 Education Spending Spotlight 2021: An in-depth look at school finance data and trends
Reason Foundation’s 2019 K-12 Education Spending Spotlight provides critical insight into key school finance trends across the country by providing policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders easy access to K-12 education spending data in every state.
School choice programs aren’t draining public education funds
Spending on school choice programs pales in comparison to recent increases in employee and retiree benefit costs for education systems across the country.
New Hampshire’s innovative program to let students learn everywhere
Education is more than just direct instruction and textbooks—learning can happen everywhere.
As Schools Lose Students, They Shouldn’t Spend Stimulus Money on New Staff Positions
School districts, like LAUSD, should be looking at ways to spend these dollars to help students catch up without creating a fiscal cliff.
Examining Student Transfer Data in Texas
Three percent of Texas students transferred to a school outside of their home district in the 2018-19 school year.
Gov. Newsom’s Misguided Proposal for California’s Education Funding Formula
The key to promoting both flexibility and fairness is better transparency and California can do this with better data, not more bureaucracy.