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.

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
April 26, 2017
Policy Forum

End the ED: Time to Dissolve the U.S. Department of Education?

Opening remarks by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY); featuring Vicki E. Alger, Research Fellow, Independent Institute and Author, Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children; Catherine Brown, Vice President, Education Policy, Center for American Progress; Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Lauren Camera, Education Reporter, U.S. News & World Report.
March 31, 2016
Book Forum

100 Years of Democracy and Education: A Critical Examination

Featuring Henry T. Edmondson III, Carl Vinson Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Georgia College, and author of John Dewey and the Decline of American Education; Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute; and Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs, Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
September 2, 2015
Policy Forum

Race, Housing, and Education

Featuring Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute; Bartley Danielsen, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University; Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Gerard Robinson, Resident Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute.
April 16, 2014
Policy Forum

College Accreditation in the Crosshairs

Featuring Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation; Andrew Kelly, Director, Center on Higher Education Reform, American Enterprise Institute; Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; Vance Fried, Riata Professor of Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University, and Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; Sally Johnstone, Vice President for Academic Advancement, Western Governors University; and Jeff Martineau, Managing Partner, Higher Education Partners; moderated by Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed and Eric Kelderman, Staff Reporter, Chronicle of Higher Education.
October 3, 2013
Policy Forum

Common Core: The Great Debate

Opposing the Common Core: Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; and Emmett McGroarty, Executive Director, Preserve Innocence Project, American Principles Project; Supporting the Common Core: Chester Finn, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; and Michael Petrilli, Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; moderated by Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal
June 20, 2012
Policy Forum

40 Years of Title IX: Blessing, Curse, or Something in Between?

Featuring Sabrina Schaeffer, Executive Director, Independent Women’s Forum; Debra Rolison, Research Scientist, Arlington, VA; Adele Kimmel, Managing Attorney, Public Justice, P.C.; Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; moderated by Marjorie Clifton, Principal, Clifton Consulting, and Founder, Spikethe​wa​ter​cool​er​.com.