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.

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Commentary

Cutting Funding, Opposing Labor Rules, Doesn’t Make You ‘Anti-Education’

By Neal McCluskey. Inside Sources. August 28, 2015.

The Monkey Trial Ended, but the War Goes On

By Neal McCluskey. TownHall.com. July 21, 2015.

Does School Choice Increase Inequality?

By Jason Bedrick. Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. July 20, 2015.

Cato Studies

Long-Run Effects of Free School Choice: College Attainment, Employment, Earnings, and Social Outcomes at Adulthood

By Victor Lavy. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 23. April 1, 2015.

The Evolution of Charter School Quality

By Patrick Baude, Marcus Casey, Eric A. Hanushek, & Steven G. Rivkin. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 16. December 16, 2014.

The Evidence on Universal Preschool

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

Articles

Earning Full Credit: Learning from and Improving Indiana’s School Scholarship Tax Credit Law

Jason Bedrick. The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. June 2015.

Giving Kids Credit: Using Scholarship Tax Credits to Increase Educational Opportunity in Massachusetts

Jason Bedrick. Pioneer Institute White Paper. No. 119. July 2014.

Live Free and Learn: A Case Study of New Hampshire’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Jason Bedrick. Show Me Institute: Case Study. No. 19. February 2014.

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.

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.