In the first of a two-part conversation, Tuthill talks with the charismatic executive vice president of 50CAN, a national advocacy organization that supports education choice policies on a state-by-state basis.
Bradford’s straightforward analysis of complex education issues has earned him a sterling reputation in the education choice world, but his advocacy is personal. He recalls on the podcast a conversation between his mother and grandmother when he was growing up in southwest Baltimore about their decision to send him to a middle school out of his neighborhood zone to improve his educational outcome.
He also discusses two of his new policy papers – Fund Everything and Measure Everything – co-authored with 50CAN founder Marc Porter Magee. Inspired in part by the wide support for direct universal government assistance in the wake of COVID-19, the papers explain how to structure that support to solve a plethora of education problems that existed long before the pandemic.
“Parents and kids are trying to solve problems that are emergent … or created because a (school district) doesn’t want to play ball … What would you do if you were that parent that needed to solve that problem? The fundamental precondition has got to be a right to choose.”
· Bradford’s education roots and his realization that education choice shaped his future
· How 50CAN adapts its policy support based on each state’s landscape and political dynamics
· What Bradford aims to accomplish with the Fund Everything and Measure Everything policy papers
· How to pay and reward teachers in a Fund Everything education landscape