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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 a senior fellow at the Independence Institute’s Education Policy Center. After working with the Education Policy Center for three years, Ross left the Independence Institute to become the National Policy Director at ACE Scholarships. ACE provides scholarships to low-income children to help pay the tuition costs at K-12 private schools.  

Ross has authored or coauthored a number of pieces on a variety of topics, including articles, policy briefs, issue papers, school profiles, and blogs. His editorials have been published by national, state, and local media outlets. 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 he is frequently cited by a variety of news sources.

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

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

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