ON-Lion Letter

Expanding its education-reform program, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) in Milwaukee named Martin Lueken its new Education Research Director in August. 

“We are very excited to have Marty join the WILL team," WILL president and general counsel Rick Esenberg said.  "His hiring marks a new chapter for our organization and education reform program. Marty will be working on comprehensive, timely policy studies and reports on Wisconsin’s school choice programs and charter schools.”

Lueken recently received his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform.  He has an extensive background in school choice, school finance, and public pensions, having written his dissertation about the determinants and return-on-investment of teachers’ benefit choices in the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System.  In addition, he has conducted studies on, among other topics, how competition from public charter schools affects traditional public schools, the value-added measurement of virtual charter schools, and incentives built into state retirement systems.

“I am tremendously excited to begin working with Rick, CJ [Szafir] and the rest of the staff at WILL to find ways to improve education policy in Wisconsin," Lueken said.  "I am very happy to jump aboard and hope that I can make a meaningful contribution.”

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports WILL.  The education-research position is made possible by support from The Walton Family Foundation.

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