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


Sorry, Massachusetts: Florida Is No. 1 in Education … Maybe

By Neal McCluskey. November 19, 2018.

Battle Brews over Banned Books and Evolution — but the Solution Is Simple

By Neal McCluskey. Washington Examiner. October 3, 2018.

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By Corey A. DeAngelis. Washington Examiner. September 22, 2018.

Cato Studies

The Labor Market for Teachers under Different Pay Schemes

By Barbara Biasi. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 140. November 28, 2018.

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By Stan Liebowitz and Matthew L. Kelly. Policy Analysis No. 854. November 13, 2018.

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By Corey A. DeAngelis. Policy Analysis No. 842. May 9, 2018.


Counting Dollars and Cents: The Economic Impact of a Statewide Education Savings Account Program in Tennessee

Corey A. DeAngelis. Beacon Center of Tennessee. December 7, 2018.

Charter School Funding: (More) Inequity in the City

Corey A. DeAngelis. School Choice Demonstration Project. November 2018.

The Education Marketplace: The Predictors of School Growth and Closure in Milwaukee

Corey A. DeAngelis. Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. November 2018.

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 Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan

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Critics of State Education: A Reader

Policy Report. November/December 2017.

47. K-12 Education

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What Should School Choice Look Like?

Featuring Halley Potter, Michael Petrilli, John Merrifield, Corey A. DeAngelis, & Neal McCluskey. April 19, 2018. Policy Forum.

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Featuring Patrick J. Wolf and Neal McCluskey. April 4, 2018. Facebook Live.

Should Every School Serve Everyone?

Featuring Lindsey Burke, A.D. Motzen, Joe McTighe, & Neal McCluskey. June 29, 2017. Policy Forum.

Downsizing the Federal Government

K-12 Education Subsidies

By Neal McCluskey. April 2016.