Anrig’s Premature Epitaph Four Years Later

 (Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Some of you will recall Greg Anrig’s Washington Monthly article combining a teacher union talking point reading of the evidence on school choice with some grousing in the school choice ranks to declare school vouchers as “An Idea Whose Time Has Gone.”

Having trouble remembering? Fortunately the Century Foundation. Mr. Anrig’s employer, has quite helpfully preserved a record on youtube. You can be the 125th or so person to watch the video:

Hmmm….”grinding to a halt…” But wait, there is more-part deux!

There’s even more video on youtube, but these two constitute plenty of rope. I’ve never met Anrig, but I’d be willing to bet that he’s a decent chap who loves his mother, his country and his alma mater. He isn’t the first person nor will he be the last to make a bold but utterly mistaken prediction. I almost feel bad about writing this post.

Almost but not quite…

After all, Andrew Rotherham sagely predicted at the time that Anrig would regret writing the article. So here is a map of the states with private choice programs on the date of Anrig’s Washington Monthly piece:

After the win in New Hampshire yesterday, the map looks something like the one below. Mind you, this underestimates the progress of the parental choice movement, as several states created multiple programs.

4 Responses to Anrig’s Premature Epitaph Four Years Later

  1. BOOOOM!!!!

    Maybe we should start a running tally of those who have been completely wrong in declaring the death of private school choice. We could add to this Wall of Shame Sol Stern ( ) and Jay Mathews ( )

  2. Minnesota Kid says:


    You even left out Mississippi, which enacted a tax-credit scholarship program for students with dyslexia yesterday.

    Please, encourage more pundits to declare the death of school vouchers, as every such prognostication is followed by a flurry of new programs!

  3. matthewladner says:

    It’s difficult to keep up! 🙂

  4. matthewladner says:


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