Neal Mccluskey

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...

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...

Misinformed on Common Core? This Won’t Set You Straight

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...

Stop Insulting Our Intelligence, and the Tea Party, Core Supporters

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...

Washington Pushed Common Core on Us, and All We Got Was This Lousy Burrito...

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...