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Simply By Forming an Exploratory Committee, Jeb Bush Places School Reform On The National Agenda

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the announcement by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush that he is exploring a run for the presidency in 2016, school reform has suddenly leaped to the political front page.

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The Jury Remains Out On Teacher Tenure And The Courts: A TC Conference Weighs The Implications Of Vergara And Two New York Cases

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Columbia University Teachers College
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In June, a trial court ruled that California’s procedures on teacher tenure and dismissal violated the state constitution because they disproportionately exposed low-income and minority students to “grossly ineffective” teachers.

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“The Economics Of International Differences In Educational Achievement”, by Eric Hanushek

featuring Eric Hanushekvia Think Beyond PISA
Sunday, December 14, 2014

A video of a presentation by Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek entitled "The Economics of International Differences in Educational Achievement."

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The Value of Smarter Teachers: International Evidence on Teacher Cognitive Skills and Student Performance

by Eric Hanushek, Marc Piopiunik, Simon Wiederholdvia National Burea of Economic Research
Friday, December 12, 2014

Differences in teacher quality are commonly cited as a key determinant of the huge international student performance gaps. However, convincing evidence on this relationship is still lacking, in part because it is unclear how to measure teacher quality consistently across countries.

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American Teachers: As Mediocre As American Students?

mentioning Eric Hanushekvia Fortune
Friday, December 12, 2014

It’s common knowledge that American students are mediocre when it comes to taking tests. Now we know that American teachers are too.

Featured Commentary

Contentions The NEA’s Racial Profiling Curriculum

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Commentary
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Given the volatility and sensitivity of “racial profiling” these days, heightened by recent developments in Ferguson, New York, and Cleveland and by brand new law-enforcement “guidelines” from the Justice Department, one could be tempted to thank the National Education Association for its recent effort, in league with a bunch of other organizations, to develop curricular materials by which schools and teachers can instruct their students on this issue.

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Punishing Achievement In Our Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

President Obama’s contempt for the Constitution, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s unfortunate disregard of that document, have been loudly and justly decried by critics of executive overreach.

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Jeb Bush Visits Washington To Talk About Education And Economic Opportunity

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via The State
Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a speech on Thursday argued that it’s getting harder to make a living and rise above poverty in America, and that a fundamental reason is that too many students don’t have access to a good education.

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A Five-Point Plan To Resuscitate Catholic Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On November 11th, the Fordham Institute’s Chester E. Finn, Jr. addressed a private meeting of reform-minded Catholic education leaders and philanthropists. What follows is adapted from his remarks on that occasion.

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Do Teachers Support the Vergara Decision?

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In June, a California court ruled, in Vergara v. State of California, that the state’s tenure and seniority laws are unconstitutional. Minority students have filed a similar case in New York, with more to come elsewhere.

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Joel Klein on Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools

Monday, December 8, 2014
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

During his eight-year term as New York City schools chancellor, Joel Klein presided over some of the nation’s most promising education reforms. One hundred charter schools opened on Klein’s watch (including KIPP and Uncommon Schools).

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Peterson discusses US education in global perspective

Thursday, May 15, 2014

On Tuesday, May 13, Hoover senior fellow Paul Peterson discussed his study, conducted with fellow researchers Eric Hanushek (also a Hoover senior fellow) and Ludger Woessmann, which compares US children to other students in developed countries. The event, held at Harvard University, was recorded live and can be watched here. The study culminated in a book entitled Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School. The Hoover sponsored publication EducationNext also ran several articles using the data from the study, one of which can be found here.

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What Lies Ahead for America's Children and Their Schools

What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools Examines Prospects for Education Reform in the United States

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Stanford

The Hoover Institution Press released What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools,  an assessment by the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education.  This profound work examines both the potential gains and the pitfalls that lie ahead for primary- and secondary-school education in the United States. 

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Hoover's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education timeline, 1998-2014.

Koret Task Force on K-12 Education Reaches Milestone

Friday, February 21, 2014

The year 2014 marks the sixteenth year of work by Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. The eleven-member task force first met in 1999 and established as its mission to present pertinent facts about K–12 education, contribute to the debate with constructive commentary, and generate new ideas for education reform.

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Sal Khan speaks at the Hoover Institution

Founder of Khan Academy Speaks at Hoover Institution

Monday, February 3, 2014

It began with concern over his faraway cousin’s problems with middle school math. Today, the initiative that Sal Khan started in August 2004 to help his cousin has grown into the Khan Academy, which reaches ten million users a month in nearly every country in the world.

Khan, the founder and executive director of the Khan Academy, gave the keynote address at the Hoover Institution’s symposium on Blended Learning in K–12 Education on January 16, 2014. Blended learning is the integration of classroom teaching with online lectures, exercises, and tutorials (such as those offered by the Khan Academy) that can viewed either at home or in the classroom at the student’s own pace.

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Hoover senior fellow Caroline Hoxby

Hoxby named recipient of Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award

Monday, November 25, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Caroline M. Hoxby has been named one of the nine recipients of the Smithsonian’s annual American Ingenuity Awards for her research in encouraging low-income students to apply to and attend elite universities. Read the article summarizing her work or see the other award winners.

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Hoover senior fellow Caroline M. Hoxby.

Hoxby featured on NBC News’s Master Class

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

On October 10, 2013, Caroline Hoxby was featured on NBC News's Master Class in a lecture entitled “Opportunity, Meritocracy, and Access to Higher Education.”

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Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School

In a new video and book, Hoover senior fellows Hanushek and Peterson explain how American schools are failing American citizens

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dashton is enthusiastic about the number thirty-two. Find out why.

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Hoxby on expanding opportunities for low-income students

Monday, August 19, 2013

Caroline Hoxby, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, has dedicated years of research to finding out why low-income students aren’t applying to colleges that are their academic match. A recent study shows that awareness is the key. Students who received materials from Hoxby’s Expanding College Opportunities Project informing them about the available financial support and the likelihood of attaining a higher-paying job if they attended a selective college were 46 percent more likely to go to a top school than equally strong students who did not receive one.

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Hoxby’s Expanding College Opportunities project increases college prospects for high-achieving, low-income students

Monday, April 1, 2013

On Monday, April 1, 2013, Hoover fellow Caroline Hoxby and the University of Virginia’s Sarah Turner released their findings from the Expanding College Opportunities (ECO) project. ECO is a low-cost project aimed at addressing information gaps that prevent high-achieving, low-income students from applying to the nation’s best colleges.

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The K–12 Education Task Force focuses on education policy as it relates to government provision and oversight versus private solutions (both within and outside the public school system) that stress choice, accountability, and transparency; that include systematic reform options such as vouchers, charter schools, and testing; and that weigh equity concerns against outcome objectives.

Its collaborative efforts spawned a quarterly journal titled Education Next, one of the premier publications on public education research policy in the nation.

Chester E. Finn, Jr. serves as chair of the Task Force on K–12 education.