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Video Commentary: K–12 Education

April 26, 2013 | Recorded on February 22, 2013

Paul Peterson discusses college attendance by disadvantaged students receiving vouchers

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Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss a new, pathbreaking study of college attendance of disadvantaged students who had received educational vouchers. African Americans are more likely to attend college after having received vouchers to attend private schools..

March 25, 2013 | Recorded on February 22, 2013

Hoover fellow Eric Hanushek on Teacher Salaries and Efficiency in Schools

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Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss how aligning teacher salaries with effectiveness is necessary to improve the efficiency of school spending. Paying teachers according to effectiveness is particularly important when faced with budget pressures.

March 18, 2013 | Recorded on February 22, 2013

Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss the Equity and Excellence Commission report

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Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss the Equity and Excellence Commission report issued in February 2013. School finance must insure sufficient funding, equitably distributed, and effectively and efficiently used.

March 11, 2013 | Recorded on February 22, 2013

Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss the State of the Union in 2013

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Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss education proposals in President Obama’s State of the Union Address of 2013. The missing discussion of K-12 schools was remarkable, given the need to improve our schools. While pre-school and college readiness were mentioned, the federal government has little to do with these except for its Head Start program – which has not been an effective educational program.

January 3, 2013 | PJTV

Bill Evers discusses media coverage of education issues on PJTV

Williamson M. Evers

Bill Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education who specializes in research on education policy, especially as it pertains to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance from kindergarten through high school, discusses media coverage of education issues. Evers notes there was plenty of coverage of teachers’ unions and charter schools but little coverage of curriculum changes, especially “common core” standards.

September 25, 2012 | Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)

Moe discusses the relationship between Republicans and teachers’ unions on the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal

Terry M. Moe

Terry Moe, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education, notes that, although teachers’ unions may be courting Republican lawmakers, teachers’ unions contribute, statewide, roughly 80 percent of their money to Democrats.

June 5, 2012 | Wall Street Journal TV

Peterson discusses the teacher unions’ image problem

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Paul Peterson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, discusses a new poll that shows the public is turning against teacher unions.

March 6, 2012 | PBS NewsHour

Finn discusses whether minority students face harsher discipline on PBS’s NewsHour

Chester E. Finn Jr.

Chester E. Finn Jr., a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and chairman of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, discusses the education department's Office of Civil Rights’ report showing that black and Hispanic students are more likely to be suspended than white students.

February 28, 2012 | Wall Street Journal TV

Hanushek discusses teacher test scores going public on Wall Street Journal TV

Eric A. Hanushek

Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, discusses why teachers' value-added scores should be made public.

December 16, 2011 | Recorded on November 21, 2011

Terry Moe on teacher union power

Hoover senior fellow Terry Moe discusses teacher union power

Eric Hanushek and Terry Moe, Hoover senior fellows and members of the K–12 Education Task Force, discuss Moe’s recent book on teacher union power titled Special Interest. Moe’s analysis pinpoints the self-interest of unions that leads them to block many education reform ideas. He concludes that “reform unionism” is unlikely to lead to any major policy changes and that improving schools requires curbing the power of unions.