Paul T. Hill

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Paul T. Hill is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. He is the founder and former director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington.

Hill is also a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program. For Brookings he led a national working commission on educational choice whose report, School Choice: Doing It the Right Way Makes a Difference, was published in November 2003. His most recent books are Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait (Hoover Institution Press, 2010) and Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools (Brookings, 2012).

Hill is the coauthor of Charter Schools against the Odds (Education Next Books, 2006) and editor of Choice with Equity (Hoover Institution Press, 2002), both assessments by the Koret Task Force.

His book, Fixing Urban Schools (Brookings Institution) is a primer for city leaders and foundations on strategies for transforming failing urban public school systems. He is also the author (with Lawrence Pierce and James Guthrie) of Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America's Schools, and he contributed a chapter to Private Vouchers, edited by Hoover Institution senior fellow and Koret Task Force member Terry M. Moe.

Hill is the 2007 recipient of the Thomas J. Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship.

Before joining the University of Washington, Hill worked for seventeen years as a senior social scientist in RAND's Washington office. In addition to his work on education policy, he contributed to RAND studies on national defense, military R&D, and acquisition policy. While at RAND he served as director of Washington operations (1981–87) and director of the education and human resources program (1979–80).

As a government employee (1970–77) Hill directed the National Institute of Education's Compensatory Education Study (a congressionally mandated assessment of federal aid to K-12 education) and conducted research on housing and education for the Office of Economic Opportunity. He also served two years as a congressional fellow and congressional staff member.

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The Paradox of Public Education

by Paul T. Hillvia Atlantic
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Schools are controlled by the government, but they serve specific communities with niche needs. How can education be publicly funded but privately managed...

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American Education in 2030: Reinvented School Districts

by Paul T. Hillvia Analysis
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

School districts will no longer manage all schools, hire all teachers, and assign students to schools.

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Paul Hill – Reinvented School Districts

by Paul T. Hillvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

School districts will no longer manage all schools, hire all teachers, and assign students to schools. 

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American Education in 2030

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Paul E. Peterson, Terry M. Moe, Tom Loveless, Paul T. Hill, Eric Hanushek, Williamson M. Evers, John E. Chubb, Caroline M. Hoxby, Chester E. Finn Jr., Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 22, 2010

In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.

Learning as We Go: Why School Choice is Worth the Wait

Learning as We Go: Why School Choice is Worth the Wait

by Paul T. Hillvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, February 1, 2010

Why haven't schools of choice yet achieved a broader appeal? Publicly funded school choice programs—charter schools in forty-three states and vouchers in a few localities—have for the most part been qualified successes.

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The Productivity Imperative

by Paul T. Hillvia Education Week
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The current economic crisis will challenge just about every public- and private-sector institution in America...

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Facing the Future

by Paul T. Hillvia Center on Reinventing Public Education
Monday, December 1, 2008

This report is the final result of a six-year study of America’s school finance system, including more than 30 separate studies at a cost of $6 million and involving an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 scholars including many of the country’s best known economists, policy analysts, lawyers, and specialists in school finance, instruction, and educational innovation...

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The End of School Finance As We Know It

by Paul T. Hillvia Education Week
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Since the late 1960s, school finance has been a field unto itself. But the past may give clues to a much different future...

Charter Schools against the Odds: An Assessment of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education

Charter Schools Against the Odds: An Assessment of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education

by Paul T. Hillvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, October 23, 2006

The expert contributors to this volume tell how state laws and policies have stacked the deck against charter schools by limiting the number of charter schools allowed in a state, forbidding for-profit firms from holding charters, forcing them to pay rent out of operating fund

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Charters can help in LAUSD reform

by Paul T. Hillvia Los Angeles Daily News
Thursday, October 5, 2006

DOES the Gates Foundation's new $1.8 million gift to the local Green Dot Charter Schools help or undercut mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's school takeover strategy...

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