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


Do Negative Test Results Mean School Choice Has Failed? Perhaps the Opposite!

By Neal McCluskey. DC Examiner. April 28, 2017.

Want Better Education? Try School Inc.

By Neal McCluskey. Orange County Register. April 14, 2017.

Why Shouldn’t PBS Air a Documentary Series on Educational Freedom?

By Neal McCluskey. Washington Examiner. April 10, 2017.

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

47. 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.


Teaching Kids Controversy: Education, Pluralism, and Hot Topics

Featuring Jonathan Zimmerman, Ashley Rogers Berner, Elizabeth Anderson Worden, Neal McCluskey, & Valerie Strauss. May 15, 2017. Policy Forum.

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.

Downsizing the Federal Government

K-12 Education Subsidies

By Neal McCluskey. April 2016.