Williamson M. Evers

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Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, specializes in research on education policy especially as it pertains to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance from kindergarten through high school. Evers was head of the Trump Education Department transition team beginning in September 2016. He was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007 to 2009. From July to December 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Evers to the California State Academic Content Standards Commission in 2010. In 1996 Governor Pete Wilson appointed Evers to the earlier California State Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards. He is the only individual to have served on both standards commissions, both of which proposed the subject matter that students should learn in each grade.

Evers was elected in November 2004 to the Santa Clara County Board of Education, on which he served until February 2007. He is the immediate past president of the board of directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School on which he served from 1997 until 2004.

Among his recent publications are:

He has written opinion columns that have appeared in Education Week, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor.

Evers received his BA (1972), MA (1978), and PhD (1987) degrees in political science from Stanford University.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Bully for Budget Cuts

by Williamson M. Evers, Vicki E. Algervia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Never mind the hysteria. The proposed federal cuts in education funding are smart and long overdue. 

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California’s History Curriculum–Objectionable, Not Objective

by Williamson M. Eversvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

By law, textbooks and other teaching materials in California’s public schools are supposed to be up-to-date. Yet history textbooks that are currently in the schools are twelve-years old.

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Trump's Education Cuts Aren't 'Devastating,' They're Smart

by Williamson M. Evers, Vicki E. Algervia Los Angeles Times
Monday, June 12, 2017

It’s the end of the world as we know it – at least that’s what some people would have us believe about President Trump’s education budget.

Analysis and Commentary

New School History Framework Is Unhistorical

by Williamson M. Eversvia The Orange County Register
Friday, April 8, 2016

Was Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) a “civic reformer”? No, the authoritarian political thinker and tutor for Britain’s absolute monarch Charles II was anything but. Hobbes is famous for telling us we must surrender almost all our rights to the ruler to prevent “a war of all against all.”

Analysis and Commentary

Common Core And The Centralization Of American Education

by Williamson M. Eversvia Heritage Foundation
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Stop a federal bureaucrat, a schoolteacher, and a parent on the street and you will likely hear three different observations about what education can, and should, do. Considering these differing perspectives provides insight into why opposition to Common Core has been strongest among parents.

Analysis and Commentary

How Woodrow Wilson Denied African-Americans An Academic Education

by Williamson M. Eversvia Education Week
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Princeton University protesters against Woodrow Wilson captured headlines in mid-November. When he was the president of Princeton, Wilson expressed his pride that no African-American students had been admitted during his tenure.

Analysis and Commentary

The College Readiness Illusion – A Reply To Mike Petrilli

by Ze’ev Wurman, Williamson M. Eversmentioning Michael J. Petrillivia Breitbart.com
Friday, December 4, 2015

In a recent piece on his web site Mike Petrilli, the president of the Fordham Institute, makes a rather strange case arguing that Common Core is alive (and well?).


Blame Woodrow Wilson For Americans’ Lack Of Historical Literacy

by Williamson M. Eversvia EducationNext
Thursday, December 3, 2015

When we think of President Woodrow Wilson, we think of a multitude of historical events: the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank and other progressive legislation at home; idealistic internationalism, a world war to “keep the world safe for democracy,” and promotion of the League of Nations abroad.

Analysis and Commentary

Uniform Testing Of Common Core In Disarray As Massachusetts Leaves The Aligned System

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Real Clear Education
Monday, November 30, 2015

The brightest jewel in the system of national testing is no longer in the crown. High-performing Massachusetts lent considerable luster to the national testing aligned with the national Common Core curriculum-content standards.

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The War Over A Word

by Williamson M. Eversvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bobby Jindal’s lawsuit against the Obama administration is ultimately about who has sovereignty over public education—the federal government or the states.