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A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps, both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
– James Madison
Is there a greater tragedy imaginable than that, in our endeavour consciously to shape our future in accordance with high ideals, we should in fact unwittingly produce the very opposite of what we have been striving for?
 – F.A. Hayek

Anything that makes him laugh, cry, or pensively ponder the human condition. Also, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road was pretty good.

Ross has opted to use this space to remind Jon Caldara that Star Wars was, is, and will forever be better than Star Trek. Yes, even the original Star Trek.

Ross flew an airplane by himself before he was legally able to drive a car alone. Over people’s houses. Maybe even your house.

Ross Izard is the Senior Education Policy Analyst at the Independence Institute’s Education Policy Center. He joined the Independence Institute on a full-time basis in 2014. Ross specializes in school choice policy, accountability, and education labor issues.

Ross has authored or coauthored a number of pieces on a variety of topics, including op-eds, articles, policy briefs, school profiles, and blogs published by both the Independence Institute and media outlets across the Front Range. He has assisted in the production of amicus briefs for the Colorado Supreme Court on important education issues, and has also been involved in legal disputes related to collective bargaining. Ross has appeared in and narrated Independence Institute videos in support of school choice and other education reform efforts, and has been cited by local, state, and national news outlets. He frequently speaks to legislators, school board members, local radio stations, and outside groups about school choice and education reform.

Ross was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado in 2009 and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs in 2014.

Ross lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with his wife and two young sons.

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