The reason public schools don’t improve is not a lack of funds. State and local governments have continually increased spending for K–12 education. Rather than throw even more money at the problem, states should institute school choice on a broad scale, moving toward a competitive education market. The only way to transform the system is to break up the long-standing government monopoly and use the dynamics of the market to create innovations, better methods, and new schools.

More on Public Schools

Cato Studies

The Evolution of Charter School Quality

By Patrick Baude, Marcus Casey, Eric A. Hanushek & Steven G. Rivkin. Research Briefs in Economic Policy. December 16, 2014.

The Evidence on Universal Preschool

By David J. Armor. Policy Analysis No. 760. October 15, 2014.

Donating the Voucher: An Alternative Tax Treatment of Private School Enrollment

By Andrew A. Samwick. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 1. May 6, 2014.

Articles

How High Is Teacher Pay in Oklahoma?

Neal McCluskey. Oklahoma Journal of Public Affairs. Vol. 16. No. 6. June 2011.

Has Public Spending on Public Schools Risen Too High?

Adam B. Schaeffer. CQ Researcher. April 29, 2011.

Comparing Public, Private, and Market Schools: The International Evidence

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Public Filings

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.

“Zero Tolerance.” Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives

By Andrew J. Coulson. Testimony. December 12, 2012.

Events

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

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

How Should Schools Respond to America’s Growing Diversity?

Featuring Neal McCluskey. January 31, 2013. Policy Forum.

Chicago: Teachers Unions’ Last Stand?

Featuring Caleb O. Brown and Neal McCluskey. September 19, 2012. Sponsor E-Briefing.

Downsizing the Federal Government

K-12 Education Subsidies

By Neal McCluskey. May 2009.