Andrew J. Coulson

Andrew J. Coulson is Director of the Cato Institute‘s Center for Educational Freedom, and author of Market Education: The Unknown History.

A Less Perfect Union


Student achievement at the end of high school has stagnated or declined, depending on the subject, since we started keeping track around 1970. Over that period, the cost of sending a child through the K-12 public system tripled, even after adjusting for inflation. Public school employee unions, the National Education Association and American Federation of […]

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A Voucher Victory


Three percent of Utah students currently attend private schools. In the Netherlands, the figure is 75 percent. The difference? The Dutch enacted their universal school voucher program in 1917, and Utah’s passed just last week. In a nail-biting 38-37 vote last week, Utah’s heavily Republican House of Representatives passed the nation’s first universally available school […]

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Centralized Cappuccino


Some parents cried, some screamed, and one man had to be wrestled out of the room by security guards. It sounds like a school hostage crisis, but that’s actually a description of a Seattle School Board meeting last month. The Board was considering whether or not to close nine city schools, and the parents and […]

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Strange New Love for “The Blob”


In the eighties, Republicans talked of abolishing the federal Department of Education. In the nineties, they blocked President Clinton’s quest for national education standards. Former Reagan education secretary William Bennett even dubbed America’s bloated school monopolies “the Blob.” But with the election of George W. Bush and the passage of his No Child Left Behind […]

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Florida’s Wright Stuff


Comedian Steven Wright once claimed that he had named his dog “Stay.” Every time he called for him, he’d say: “Come here, Stay! Come here, Stay!” Confused the heck out of him. The Florida Supreme Court has done pretty much the same thing to legislators on the subject of education. Florida’s Constitution requires the state […]

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