Christian Barnard is a senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation.
Barnard's work includes research and analysis of state education and school district finance systems, with the goal of making them more equitable and innovative.
Barnard's writing has been featured in outlets including USA Today, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Times, and The Hill, among others.
Barnard previously worked with the Foundation for Government Accountability, where he conducted research on labor policy and criminal justice. He also worked for the Pioneer Institute.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and economics from Messiah College.
Arizona’s school funding system is outdated and broken
Arizona's proposed school finance reform would address some of the stark school funding disparities across the state's school districts.
Why Nashville would get a smaller funding increase than other urban school districts in Tennessee’s education finance reform
A central goal of Gov. Bill Lee's education funding reform is to reduce unfair funding gaps between school districts, so they can’t all receive an equal funding boost.
As school choice gains traction, states also need to update their school-finance formulas
States need to update school-finance formulas that fail to fund all kids fairly, are too reliant on local taxes, and don’t easily accommodate student movement between schools.
The needed push to reform Tennessee’s outdated school finance system
Tennessee has an outdated school funding formula that is poorly suited to serve the needs of the state’s public-school students in 2022.
Making Tennessee’s school finance system more transparent, flexible and fair
Only three percent of Tennessee's education funding was allocated based on student characteristics like being in a low income family, being in foster care, or needing special education services.
Idaho State Sen. Steven Thayn explains the success of state’s Advanced Opportunities program
A conversation between Christian Barnard and State Sen. Steven Thayn on Idaho's Advanced Opportunities student funding program.
K-12 funding in Tennessee: A student-centered approach
By adopting a student-centered funding model, Tennessee would replace the state's outdated education finance system that lacks transparency and local control.
Best practices for K-12 special education funding
There is no one right way to fund special education because each student and school district is unique. However, several principles can be a useful guide for lawmakers looking to improve how they fund special education students.
Best practices for funding low-income K-12 students
States vary substantially in how much additional funding they allocate to low-income students, how the funds are delivered, and how they identify low-income students.