The reason public schools don’t improve is not a lack of funds. State and local governments have continually increased spending for K–12 education. Rather than throw even more money at the problem, states should institute school choice on a broad scale, moving toward a competitive education market. The only way to transform the system is to break up the long-standing government monopoly and use the dynamics of the market to create innovations, better methods, and new schools.

More on Public Schools


The Case against Public Schooling

By Neal McCluskey. Washington Examiner. January 11, 2017.

If You Fear the Religious Right (or Anyone Else), School Choice Is Not Your Enemy

By Neal McCluskey. Washington Examiner. December 14, 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.

Long-Run Effects of Free School Choice: College Attainment, Employment, Earnings, and Social Outcomes at Adulthood

By Victor Lavy. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 23. April 1, 2015.

The Evolution of Charter School Quality

By Patrick Baude, Marcus Casey, Eric A. Hanushek, & Steven G. Rivkin. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 16. December 16, 2014.


Resolved, Americans Should Receive Four More Years of Free Public Education: Con

Neal McCluskey. Debating Reform., 3rd Edition. 2017.

Preface: Expanding Opportunity Nationwide

Jason Bedrick. The Special Needs ESA. December 2016.

Earning Full Credit: Learning from and Improving Indiana’s School Scholarship Tax Credit Law

Jason Bedrick. The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. June 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

K––12 Education

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

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

Kevin Currie-Knight. Cato Journal. Winter 2016.

The Dismal Productivity Trend for K−12 Public Schools and How to Improve It

Benjamin Scafidi. Cato Journal. Winter 2016.


Protecting Religious Liberty

Featuring Neal McCluskey, Doug Bandow, Trevor Burrus, Roger Pilon, & Ilya Shapiro. June 14, 2016. Conference.

From “No Child” to “Every Student”: How Big a Change?

Featuring Neal McCluskey. February 16, 2016. Policy Forum.

Real Finnish Lessons: The True Story of an Education Superpower

Featuring Neal McCluskey. November 16, 2015. Book Forum.

Downsizing the Federal Government

K-12 Education Subsidies

By Neal McCluskey. April 2016.