After decades and trillions of dollars, after unsuccessfully cycling through an endless series of programs, we have enough evidence and experience to draw a solid conclusion: the federal government cannot significantly improve school performance.

By phasing out futile federal efforts in education, taxpayers would regain control of billions of their hard-earned dollars every year. The effect of this financial windfall on American society would be significant: creating jobs, stimulating investment, and raising the overall standard of living.

More on Federal Education Policy


Obama’s Education Legacy: Overreach and Misrule

By Neal McCluskey. National Review (Online). January 11, 2017.

Big Student Loan Programs Will Cost Much More Than the Dept. Of Ed. Predicted

By Neal McCluskey. Washington Examiner. December 2, 2016.

Clinton’s Anti-bullying Proposal: Feel-good Federal Policy at Its Worst

By Neal McCluskey. Washington Examiner. October 31, 2016.

Cato Studies

Taking Credit for Education: How to Fund Education Savings Accounts through Tax Credits

By Jason Bedrick, Jonathan Butcher, and Clint Bolick. Policy Analysis No. 785. January 20, 2016.

State Education Trends

By Andrew J. Coulson. Policy Analysis No. 746. March 18, 2014.

Drawing Meaningful Trends from the SAT

By Andrew J. Coulson. Working Paper No. 16. March 10, 2014.


Preface: Expanding Opportunity Nationwide

Jason Bedrick. The Special Needs ESA. December 2016.

Recalibrating Accountability: Education Savings Accounts as Vehicles of Choice and Innovation

Jason Bedrick and Lindsey Burke. The Heritage Foundation: Special Report. No. 190. December 12, 2016.

The Economic Impact of Federal Education Policy (2000-Present)

Neal McCluskey. Guide to U.S. Economic Policy 10th Edition. July 15, 2015.

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.

Cato Reviews & Journals

The Prize: Who’s in Charge of Americas’s Schools? by Dale Rusakoff

Kevin Currie-Knight. Cato Journal. Winter 2016.

Meddling with Mortgage Finance

Policy Report. May/June 2014.

Common Core: The Great Debate

Policy Report. November/December 2013.


College Accreditation in the Crosshairs

Featuring Neal McCluskey and Vance Fried. April 16, 2014. Policy Forum.

Common Core: The Great Debate

Featuring Neal McCluskey. October 3, 2013. Policy Forum.

The Common Core: De Facto Federal Control of America’s Schools

Featuring Neal McCluskey. June 11, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Higher Education Subsidies

By Neal McCluskey and Chris Edwards. November 2016.

K-12 Education Subsidies

By Neal McCluskey. April 2016.