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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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It May Be Harder To Become A Transformational Leader Than To Get Into Harvard

by John E. Chubbvia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Friday, November 14, 2014

Traditional principal preparation programs are notoriously non-selective. The new breed of program takes selectivity to the opposite extreme. Some have ratios of acceptances to inquiries or applications that rival competitive colleges—below 10 percent.

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Closing The Racial Achievement Gap Could Expand America's Economy By Trillions

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Huffington Post
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The gap in educational achievement between white students and students of color could be costing the nation trillions of dollars, according to a new report.

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Getting More Poor Kids into College Won’t Fix Income Inequality

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Washington Post
Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you want to address income inequality, fix higher education. That seems to be the current thinking in Washington, where President Obama has urged college administrators to better serve low-income students.

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The State of Education Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Though amazing progress has been over the past three decades, we need to do more. 

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Teaching Reform

mentioning Terry M. Moevia National Review Online
Friday, October 10, 2014

Those who fear that the big problem with America’s schools is the teachers who work in them would be heartened by spending a little time at an Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) conclave. Sydney Morris and Evan Stone launched Educators 4 Excellence in 2010 to push unions and schools to get serious about recognizing excellence and addressing mediocrity.

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Time for a Reboot

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Monday, October 6, 2014

Americans are ambivalent about testing, standards, and accountability in their children’s schools. This is clear from survey results that swing wildly depending on how, exactly, the question is phrased — and on whether the practice in question might inconvenience one’s own kid, as apart from “fixing those awful schools across town.”

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The University of Chicago Tries to Catch Up on Economic Diversity

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia New York Times
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The University of Chicago announced a significant new program Wednesday to recruit more low-income students and to help them while on campus. The university said it would replace loans for needy students with grants and eliminate the application fee for lower-income students, among other measures.

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School Spending by Affluent Is Widening Wealth Gap

quoting John E. Chubbvia ABC News
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

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The Geography of College Opportunity

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia National Journal
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Amanda Hinchman-Dominguez isn't the typical American college student. She's enrolled in an institution that's more than 1,300 miles away from where her family lives. She's living on campus, in a dorm. And she's attending a small, private liberal-arts college.

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Hoxby study on low-income students featured in New York Times

Monday, March 18, 2013

According to a study released by Hoover fellow and Stanford professor of economics Caroline M. Hoxby and Harvard’s Christopher Avery, high-achieving, low-income students typically do not apply to the nation’s best colleges. In the study, featured in a March 16, 2013, New York Times story by David Leonhardt, Hoxby and Avery analyzed every high school student who took the SAT in a recent year.

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Whitehurst, Petrilli take part in forum on President Obama’s preschool plan

Friday, March 15, 2013

On March 14, 2013, Grover Whitehurst and Sara Mead debated the merits of President Obama’s goal of making preschool available to every child in America, a plan he unveiled in his 2013 State of the Union Address.

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Hoover senior fellows to release series of education commentary videos

Monday, March 11, 2013

On the heels of the release of the Equity and Excellence Commission’s report, For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, and in the wake of last month’s State of the Union Address, the Hoover Institution is releasing a series of videos on issues currently facing US education. Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson have collaborated to produce four videos on various education topics; beginning Monday, March 11, 2013, the videos will roll out weekly on the Hoover Institution website. The topics discussed include

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Hanushek Serves on Education Commission for a New Report on the Achievement Gap

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On February 19, 2013, the Equity and Excellence Commission released its report, For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence, that highlights achievement gaps among students in the US education system.

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Chubb Appointed President of National Association of Independent Schools

Thursday, January 17, 2013

John Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was appointed the new president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), effective July 1, 2013.

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Hoover senior fellow Caroline M. Hoxby.

Hoover fellow releases new study on low-income, high-achieving high school students

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Caroline Hoxby, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and Christopher Avery, a professor of public policy at Harvard University, recently completed a study on the college enrollment of low-income, high ability high school students (PDF available here).

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Hoover Institution Education Experts Identify News Media Hits and Misses in 2012 Education Coverage

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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After a close analysis of education coverage in the general news media during 2012, the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education today released its list of the five most covered stories (“hits”) and the five most important but neglected stories (“misses”).

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Hoover fellow featured at conference on Common Core standards

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Williamson M.  Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was a featured speaker at the December 6 conference, “Common Core’s Race to the Middle,” in Colorado. The conference, hosted by the Pioneer Institute, also featured the Honorable Bob Schaffer, the Honorable Robert Scott, Sandra Stotsky, Theodor Rebarber, and Jim Stergios. All the speakers opposed the states’ adopting the Common Core standards.

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The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don't Have Them and How We Could by John

Chubb’s talk on The Best Teachers in the World

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

John Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and interim CEO of Education Sector, will give a talk on his new book, The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don't Have Them and How We Could, on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at the Pew Conference Center in Washington, DC.

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Hoover fellow discusses presidential candidates’ views on education

Monday, October 29, 2012

With the election just over a week away, Stanford’s Education and Society Theme House highlighted the presidential candidates’ education policies at a discussion last Thursday, September 25. Eric Hanushek, the Hoover Institution’s Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education and Michael Kirst, a professor emeritus in education and business administration and current president of the California State Board of Education, discussed the candidates’ views on issues in education. Although Obama and Romney have opposing views on issues including school vouchers, student grants and loans, and for-profit education, Hanushek and Kirst ultimately agreed that little separates the candidates’ overall education policies. Click here to read the article in the Stanford Report.

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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.