After decades and trillions of dollars, after unsuccessfully cycling through an endless series of programs, we have enough evidence and experience to draw a solid conclusion: the federal government cannot significantly improve school performance.

By phasing out futile federal efforts in education, taxpayers would regain control of billions of their hard-earned dollars every year. The effect of this financial windfall on American society would be significant: creating jobs, stimulating investment, and raising the overall standard of living.

More on Federal Education Policy


The New “No Child”: Control by a Thousand Vetoes?

By Neal McCluskey. Daily Caller. July 13, 2015.

Jail for Missed Days at School? The Madness of Truancy Laws.

By Walter Olson. June 6, 2015.

New York Teachers Unions’ ‘Choice’ Charade

By Jason Bedrick. New York Post. June 2, 2015.

Cato Studies

State Education Trends

By Andrew J. Coulson. Policy Analysis No. 746. March 18, 2014.

Drawing Meaningful Trends from the SAT

By Andrew J. Coulson. Working Paper No. 16. March 10, 2014.

The Impact of Charter Schools on Public and Private School Enrollments

By Richard Buddin. Policy Analysis No. 707. August 28, 2012.


Did Expansion of the Pell Grant Program Lead to Tuition Hikes?

Neal McCluskey. CQ Researcher. Vol. 23. No. 3. January 18, 2013.

“And You Shall Teach Them Diligently”: The History and Status of Jewish Day Schools in Massachusetts

Jason Bedrick. Pioneer Institute White Paper. No. 94. December 2012.

Coming Soon: The Federal Department of Standardized Minds

Neal McCluskey. Freeman. Vol. 61. No. 6. July 2011.

Public Filings

Has No Child Left Behind Worked?

By Neal McCluskey. Testimony. February 9, 2015.

National Curriculum Standards Are Bad for Arkansas

By Neal McCluskey. Testimony. July 22, 2013.

Common Core a Threat to the State, Districts, and Students

By Neal McCluskey. Testimony. May 15, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Meddling with Mortgage Finance

Policy Report. May/June 2014.

Common Core: The Great Debate

Policy Report. November/December 2013.

School Choice and Development: Evidence from the Edgewood Experiment

John Merrifield and Nathan L. Gray. Cato Journal. Winter 2013.


College Accreditation in the Crosshairs

Featuring Neal McCluskey and Vance Fried. April 16, 2014. Policy Forum.

Common Core: The Great Debate

Featuring Neal McCluskey. October 3, 2013. Policy Forum.

The Common Core: De Facto Federal Control of America’s Schools

Featuring Neal McCluskey. June 11, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Higher Education Subsidies

By Neal McCluskey and Chris Edwards. May 2009.

K-12 Education Subsidies

By Neal McCluskey. May 2009.