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School Choice and Two Spheres of Liberty

Freedom from government control should be the norm in a country grounded in liberty. But instead of a system in which the default is education based in diverse communities and free family decisions, the default is uniform government provision.

Statue of Liberty
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Must We Fight over What Children Will Learn?

Public schooling—in which diverse people are required to pay for a single system of government‐​run schools—inherently sets up conflicts because some things cannot be simultaneously taught as true. There is a more equal, more peaceful, way to structure an education system: school choice.

Cato Institute Public Schooling Battle Map
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True Tolerance Supports School Choice

Research, often after controlling for student characteristics such as family wealth, has typically found that compared to public schoolers, private school students and graduates are as tolerant or more tolerant of others.

Private schools see much less hate-related graffiti than public
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Public Schools Cannot Be Religiously Neutral, But School Choice Makes Neutrality Possible

Tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Espinoza v. Montana, a case addressing state constitutional provisions that bar public funds from going to religious institutions, especially schools. There are many reasons the U.S. Supreme Court should rule in favor of school choice, but the most important is that the end that Blaine amendments are supposed to achieve—keeping government out of religion—is far better served by the measure Montana struck down than maintaining a public school monopoly over taxpayer funds.

Diagram showing levels of religion in schools