May 1, 2020
Live Webcast Series

40 Years of the U.S. Department of Education: Examining Its Past, Present, and Future

On May 4, 1980, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) opened its doors. It was a highly contentious creation—the bill establishing it barely passed the House, and President Reagan vowed to kill it—but the DOE remains. Of course, survival does not necessarily mean success. In this special three‐​episode webinar marking the DOE’s 40th birthday, we’ll examine its past, present, and future. Why was the DOE, for which there is no clear constitutional warrant, established? What has it accomplished—or maybe damaged—in its four decades? What should be done with it moving forward, including, perhaps, bringing it to an end? We will discuss all of this and more as the DOE heads toward its fifth decade.

March 26, 2020
Live Online Policy Forum

Beating the COVID-19 Education Disruption: Answering YOUR Questions

Featuring Kerry McDonald, Adjunct scholar, Cato Institute, and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well‐​Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom; Jessica Koehler, “Beyond School Walls” columnist for Psychology Today and founder, Koehler Academy; and Brian Ray, President and Founder, National Home Education Research Institute; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.

September 18, 2019
Capitol Hill Briefing

Realistic Solutions to Big College Problems: Overhauling the Higher Education Act

Opening remarks by The Honorable Rick Scott, United States Senator, Florida; Featuring Phil Magness, Coauthor, Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education; Richard Vedder, Author, Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America; Todd Zywicki, Coeditor, Unprofitable Schooling: Examining Causes of, and Fixes for, America’s Broken Ivory Tower; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.
May 29, 2019
Policy Forum

Why Is College So Pricey? Theories Compete!

Featuring Douglas Webber, Professor of Economics, Temple University; Jason Delisle, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Eric Kelderman, Senior Reporter, the Chronicle of Higher Education.
February 1, 2018
Book Forum

Islamic Education in the United States

Featuring Sabith Khan, Assistant Professor, California Lutheran University; Coauthor, Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions; and Shariq Siddiqui, Executive Director, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action; Coauthor, Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.
July 26, 2017
Policy Forum

School Choice and Democracy: Friends or Foes?

Featuring Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; Max Eden, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; and Corey A. DeAngelis, Policy Analyst, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute, and Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in Education Policy, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.
June 29, 2017
Policy Forum

Should Every School Serve Everyone?

Featuring Lindsey Burke, Director, Center for Education Policy, and Will Skillman Fellow in Education in the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, Heritage Foundation; A. D. Motzen, National Director of State Relations, Agudath Israel of America; Joe McTighe, Executive Director, Council for American Private Education; facilitated by Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.
May 15, 2017
Policy Forum

Teaching Kids Controversy: Education, Pluralism, and Hot Topics

Featuring Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania and Coauthor of the new book, The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools; Ashley Rogers Berner, Deputy Director of the Institute for Education Policy, Johns Hopkins University, and Author, No One Way to School: Pluralism and American Public Education; Elizabeth Anderson Worden, Associate Professor, School of Education, American University, and Author, National Identity and Educational Reform: Contested Classrooms; Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom and Curator, Cato’s Public Schooling Battle Map, Cato Institute; moderated by Valerie Strauss, Education Reporter, Washington Post