Neal Mccluskey

Why Would a Libertarian Want School Choice? Suppose Canned Peaches…

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Peter Greene, an affable defender of public schooling and critic of most things “reformy,” is nonplussed: How could libertarians argue that religious...

American Public On Education: “We Want it All”

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, back-to-school also means the release of lots of education polling, and Tuesday brought us...

Brown v. Board Did Not Start Private Schooling

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE A common refrain in opposition to school choice is that choice is rooted in racial segregation. Specifically, that people barely thought...

Any Budget That Cuts Fed Ed is Good, But …

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE The Trump Administration’s proposed U.S. Department of Education budget, released yesterday, is due some props. It would cut spending by about 10...

Even Something as Great as School Choice Should Not Be Federalized

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), in conjunction with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will unveil...

First and Foremost, School Choice Is about Liberty

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Liberty. It is America’s foundational value. We have failed to uphold it for far too many people much too often, but...

Public School Battles: May Dispatch

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Some people want schools to have lighthearted, warm environments. Some want them to delve into social commentary, even if it is...

Public Schooling Battles: March Dispatch

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE The country saw other kinds of identity and values-based battles in March, but the month was dominated by one thing: guns,...

DC Private Schooling: A Portrait in Diversity?

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...

About That Private School Disability “Discrimination”

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...

Is Education ‘Privatization’ Really Just Devious Deceit?

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...

Clinton’s Debt-Free Tuition Plan Seems Likely to Fail

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...