NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Private schools are the preserves of rich, white people, and if they weren’t around education would be more racially integrated. That’s probably the assumption many people have, and it could be what people reading about a recent Shanker Institute report on segregation in Washington, DC, might...
NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Everyone wants what’s best for children with disabilities. So it is not surprising when private schools—and hence school choice programs—are criticized because they do not have to accept all children with disabilities. We’ve heard the concerns before, and we heard them again in an NPR story...
NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Education historian Diane Ravitch is against charter schools, voucher programs – any sort of education “privatization.” And that’s fine. I just wish she would bring more to bear in opposing such measures than accusations about privatizers’ hand-rubbing, dastardly motives, and unsupported assertions about what privatization has...
NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Over the next couple of days, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be playing up her new, $350-billion proposal primarily intended to make paying public college tuition a debt-free experience. Beware “free”! According to early information about the plan – I couldn’t find details on Clinton’s campaign Web...
NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Over the next couple of days, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be playing up her new, $350-billion proposal primarily intended to make paying public college tuition a debt-free experience. Beware “free”! According to early information about the plan – I couldn’t find details on Clinton’s campaign Web...
NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Whenever someone declares opponents of the Common Core “misinformed,” get ready: there’s probably a lot more misinformation coming your way. Case in point, a new offering from Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin attacking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) over his Common Core stance in a recent...
NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE I really shouldn’t have to write this anymore, because the basic facts should keep anyone from saying that state adoption of the Common Core was “absolutely voluntary.” Yet Chester Finn, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, has made just this proclamation…again. And this time, he...
NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE The Common Core is slowly but surely becoming a big national issue, and three things in today’s news tell us a lot about what’s going on. It is a major story – it was a lead Politico article this morning – that the National Education Association,...