The Problem with Public Schools: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go

Of all government-funded projects and services, the public education system is one of the most important – and not just for individual students. Access to a robust public education gives students lifelong skills, increased job prospects, and a greater likelihood of future family stability and financial independence. In the aggregate, a more educated population (on the local, city, state, and national levels) leads to improved public health, civic engagement, and economic prosperity, as well as reduced crime and unemployment.  Undeniably, public education has the power to help everyone.  For many…

Affirmative Action and Inequality in American Education

By this Christmas, Abigail Fisher will have visited the Supreme Court of the United States twice in four years. Abigail is the plaintiff in a case regarding the admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, which, like many colleges around the country, includes race as one factor in its competitive evaluation of prospective students. Since 2008, Ms. Fisher has claimed she was illegally rejected from the school, as it admitted less-qualified candidates of minority races, thus violating her right to equal protection under the law as defined in…