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 School Finance Data Shows Large Funding Disparities Between School Districts
A new interactive data dashboard gives users the ability to compare Arizona school districts' per-pupil revenue against student demographics and property wealth.
Arizona School Finance Dashboard
This interactive data portal displays how Arizona's K-12 school district student demographics compare to school district revenues.
Modernizing School Finance in Idaho
This policy brief provides a brief overview of Idaho’s school finance system, highlights its primary shortcomings, and makes several recommendations for reform.
Why Increasing Education Spending Might Not Boost Teacher Pay
The United States already spends more on public education per student than almost any other developed nation in the world but does not make the top of the lists for teachers’ salaries.
The Striking Achievement Disparities Between Boys and Girls in the Education System
The current pandemic-related adjustments could be providing significantly different learning environments in which many boys can thrive.
Infographic: How Student-Centered Funding Works and How to Get There
How policymakers can align education funding with students' needs.
Inform: Give Stakeholders The Information They Need to Make Sound Education Funding Decisions
Financial transparency can help leaders get the most out of education dollars while shining light on their spending decisions.
Empower: How to Put Families and School Leaders in the Driver’s Seat
Policymakers should let those who are closest to kids decide how education dollars are spent, and families should be given options outside of their residentially-assigned public schools.
Equalize: Education Funding Policies That Put All Kids on a Level Playing Field
Education dollars should be equalized to ensure that funding is based on students, not property wealth or zip code.