George Mason University professor Donald Boudreaux, writing in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
If the current American model for supplying K-12 education is desirable, why do we not also supply college and post-graduate education in the same way? That is, why not fund state colleges with tax dollars, charge zero tuition and assign each post-secondary student to that college in his or her geographic district? Going to a public college outside of the district would be prohibited. Does anyone believe that implementing this model of supplying college education would improve post-secondary education?
Indeed, if the current American model for supplying K-12 education is desirable, why limit it to education? Why not also supply, say, clothing in similar fashion? Each clothing retailer would be fully funded with tax dollars, customers would pay prices of zero in the stores for their clothing and each of us would be assigned to shop only at the clothing store in our district. Does anyone think the result would be a more fashionably attired citizenry?