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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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Getting Our History Right

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Frederick M. Hessvia National Review Online
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The College Board’s new framework for teaching Advanced Placement U.S. History has become a flashpoint in the education debate. Much of the criticism is hysterical and inaccurate . . . but not all of it. The critics make a legitimate case that the framework is ideologically slanted and infused with 21st-century progressivist bias.

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How to Make Teachers More Like Doctors

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Atlantic
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

For her exceptional book on the history of teaching, Dana Goldstein chose the title The Teacher Wars: The History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. In so doing, she joined an ongoing debate with reformers such as Stanford University’s Eric Hanushek, who wrote an article entitled “The War on Teachers is a Myth.”

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How the Education Spendthrifts Get Away With It

by Paul E. Petersonvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Money for schools has again become a campaign issue. In the Florida governor's race, Charlie Crist says that the "first thing [Gov. Rick Scott ] does when he comes in . . . is cut education by $1.3 billion."

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Letter: The Conservative Case for Education Isn't Common Core

by Williamson M. Eversvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Many of us critics of the Common Core national standards are carrying forward concerns that former Secretary of Education Bennett voiced in the past.


Demonstrate College Readiness If You Want a Federal Grant or Loan

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

Among those entering college for the first time, 45% of those going to 2-year institutions and 28% of those attending 4-year institutions do not return the next year.  While transfers are abundant, and many students return to college later on, far too many students are failing to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them because they are not college-ready.


The Challenges of AP History: Are You Sure You Want College Credit?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Much of the criticism recently leveled at the College Board’s new framework for its Advanced Placement United States history course and exam is hysterical and undeserved. There’s also reason to suspect that some of the harshest critics may be motivated at least in part by the riches they have reaped by prepping high school kids for the old version of the test.


What Parents Think About Their Public Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. 


Fordham Institute's Pre-K Debate

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.


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

Hoover senior fellow Eric Hanushek served on an education commission, which rel

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.

John E. Chubb

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.

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

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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Williamson M. Evers

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.

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.

Eric A. Hanushek

Hanushek coauthors study concerning individual principals’ contributions to growth in student achievement

Friday, October 26, 2012

Although it is widely believed that good school principals have a positive impact on student achievement, little systematic research has been done to date on the effect of strong school leadership. Now a new study finds that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between 0.05 and 0.21 standard deviations, the equivalent of between two and seven months of additional learning each school year. Click here to read why and how “School Leaders Matter.”



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.