Featuring Gene Healy, Vice President, Cato Institute; and Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute; moderated by John Maniscalco, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
In Bootleggers & Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics, economists Bruce Yandle and Adam Smith explain how money and morality are often combined in politics to produce arbitrary regulations benefiting cronies, while constraining productive economic activities by the general public.
Featuring David Salisbury, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; Charles Glenn, Professor of Education, Administration, Training, and Policy Studies, Boston University; and James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle, England
Parents in many other countries enjoy more freedom of choice in education than Americans do. In Australia, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and the Netherlands, parents can choose private, even religious, schools without incurring any financial penalty. School choice policies in those countries offer some surprising lessons for America. Although there is more choice, increased regulations in some countries have decreased the independence and autonomy of private schools.
This conference will examine school choice policies around the world and seek to draw out critical lessons for the school choice movement in America. A select group of international scholars will examine to what degree school choice policies have increased government control or encouraged competitive, free, and thriving education markets.