Who Participates? An Analysis of School Participation Decisions in Two Voucher Programs in the United States

Not all school choice programs are created equal. Policy design differs greatly across states. Because voucher-using families use public education dollars that would have otherwise gone to government schools, taxpayers and government officials are often highly concerned about the quality of private schools these families choose for their children. Government regulations are largely the result of these concerns. In a new paper, Corey A. DeAngelis and Blake Hoarty find significant evidence to suggest that regulations deter high-quality private schools from participating in voucher programs in Ohio and Milwaukee.

Is Public Schooling a Public Good? An Analysis of Schooling Externalities

Is public schooling a public good, a merit good, or a demerit good? In a new paper, Cato scholar Corey A. DeAngelis argues it is not a public good, failing both conditions required by definition. He then examines the positive and negative externalities of public schooling, compared to publicly financed universal school vouchers, and determines the net externality of government schooling in the United States using the preponderance of the most rigorous scientific evidence.

School Inc.

Why doesn’t education use innovation to grow like a successful business? School Inc. – A Personal Journey with Andrew Coulson, follows the late Andrew Coulson, series creator/writer/host and Cato Institute senior fellow, as he sets out on a worldwide personal quest for an answer to this question. Throughout the three-part, three-hour series, Coulson examines the role of innovation, the universal search for educational excellence and – for better or worse – the application of the profit motive.

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The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves

The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themselves

In The Beautiful Tree, James Tooley braids together personal experience, community action, and family devotion, and takes readers to the very heart of education. Tooley journeys from Africa to China, sharing insights from children, parents, teachers, and entrepreneurs who taught him that the poor are not waiting for educational handouts. They are building their own schools and learning to save themselves.

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Public Schooling Battle Map

Public Schooling Battle Map

Americans are diverse – ethnically, religiously, philosophically – but all are forced to support public schools. The intention behind this is largely good: to unite people and minimize discord. However, as the examples contained in this map show, the effect is often very much the opposite. Rather than bringing diverse people together public schooling divides them, forcing them into conflict over whose values and histories will be taught, and whose basic rights will be upheld…or trampled.