Neal Mccluskey

Evidence Suggests Private Schooling No More Likely Than Public to Fuel Right‐​Wing Militancy

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE For some people, a considerable worry about private education is that it might foster right‐​wing hate and militancy. This concern can be...

Federal COVID Education Funding: Too Much and Inequitable?

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Since March, the federal government has enacted two big COVID-19 relief bills affecting elementary and secondary education, and there is another,...

For the Good of Kids and Teachers, Unions Should Stop Blocking School Choice

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE In March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdowns, the CDC reported: “In other countries, those places who closed school (e.g., Hong...

What the Poet Taught Me: Progressives Need School Choice

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE Many momentous, emotionally charged things happened at the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. An inauguration...

Private School COVID-19 Permanent Closure Tracker

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE All schools will likely suffer in the COVID-19 recession. But as recently discussed, private schools as a whole are likely to suffer worse...

Don’t Let Utopian Public Schooling Rhetoric Block School Choice

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE I recently read Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America by Johann Neem, which in its title delivers the bedrock myth...

True Tolerance Promotes School Choice

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE It is National School Choice Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the power of choice in education, including public and private school choice....

DeVos Proposes “Government Corporation” Handle Student Aid. Color Me Dubious

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE The U.S. Department of Education was not created to be a giant lending institution. But that is what it has become,...

Thankful for More Educational Freedom (Hopefully) On Its Way

NEAL MCCLUSKEY, CATO INSTITUTE If you know your United States history, you know that the Pilgrims came to North America seeking to practice their religion...

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...