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Terry Ryan

Biography: 

Terry Ryan was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and vice president for Ohio Programs and Policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He leads all Fordham operations in the Buckeye State, including leading state research and policy efforts in Columbus, raising grant dollars, and running Fordham’s charter school authorization efforts. Fordham, which has been authorizing schools since 2005, holds charter school agreements with eight schools in Ohio that collectively serve about 2,900 students.

Ryan has helped launch and lead a number of school choice initiatives in Ohio including School Choice Ohio, the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the Ohio Authorizer Collaborative. In these efforts he has worked closely with Ohio and national foundations, philanthropists, and education and business leaders.

Ryan has published multiple opinion pieces in the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Dayton Daily News, and Cincinnati Enquirer. He is regularly quoted by newspapers, journals and blogs in Ohio and across the country and has been an expert guest on various Ohio television and radio programs. He is the author, with Chester E. Finn, Jr., senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairman of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and Michael Lafferty, of Ohio’s Education Reform Challenges: Lessons from the Frontlines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Previously Ryan served as research director for the UK-based 21st Century Learning Initiative. In that position he coauthored, with John Abbott, The Unfinished Revolution (ASCD Press, 2000). Ryan began his career in education as a teacher in Poland and worked with the Polish Ministry of Education and the Foundation for Education for Democracy in the mid-1990s.

He is a 2008 New Schools Venture Fund/Aspen Institute fellow and was awarded the Paterson International Fellowship from the University of Denver in 1994. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in political economy from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.

He lives with his wife, Emilia, and daughters Alexandra and Agnes in Dayton, Ohio.

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Teacher Merit Pay Will Move Districts Forward

by Terry Ryanvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

For as long as anyone can remember, a public school teacher's effectiveness and performance in the classroom have had little to no impact on decisions about whether she is retained by her district or laid off, how she is compensated or assigned to a district's schools, or how

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Teacher merit pay will move districts forward

by Terry Ryanvia Cincinnati Enquirer
Friday, June 3, 2011

Moving toward a fairer and more modern system of gauging teacher effectiveness and using that information to inform personnel decisions will give districts the flexibility their leaders crave -and need even more when budgets are shrinking...

Evaluation of teachers must improve

by Terry Ryanvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, April 11, 2011

Effective teachers are the most valuable education asset that Ohio (or any state) has. Statistics don't lie when it comes to their impact on children's learning.

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Evaluation of teachers must improve

by Terry Ryanwith Eric Hanushekvia Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Given how powerfully teachers can alter students' life trajectories, it is not only prudent but imperative to push reforms that enable education leaders to distinguish effective teachers from ineffective ones...

A Conservative’s Dilemma: School Choice versus Fiscal Responsibility

by Terry Ryanvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, March 28, 2011

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, a prospective 2012 GOP presidential candidate, challenged Republicans to take a critical look at the defense budget earlier this month when he told a reporter in Iowa, “Anybody who says you can’t save money at the Pentagon has never been to

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A Conservative’s Dilemma: School Choice versus Fiscal Responsibility

by Terry Ryanvia Education Next
Friday, March 25, 2011

What’s more important for conservatives – more school choice or making our ends meet...?

Schools need to keep the best teachers

by Terry Ryanvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Taxpayers invest a lot in their teachers, and good ones are worth every penny. Nothing affects student performance more than great teachers. Conversely, weak teachers can do irreparable damage to children and their learning.

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Schools need to keep the best teachers

by Terry Ryanvia Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nothing affects student performance more than great teachers. Conversely, weak teachers can do irreparable damage to children and their learning. This alone should prompt Ohio to glean as much information as possible about teacher effectiveness...

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Use Ohio's value-added data to assess teacher effectiveness

by Terry Ryanvia Plain Dealer (OH)
Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nothing matters more to student learning than teacher quality. Not class size, not poverty, not family background, not even overall school quality...

Using Ohio’s value-added data to assess teacher effectiveness

by Terry Ryanvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nothing matters more to student learning than teacher quality. Not class size, not poverty, not family background, not even overall school quality.

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