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Analysis and Commentary

A Rescue Plan For The Black Family

by Paul E. Petersonvia New York Daily News
Monday, January 19, 2015

Far from addressing the marriage problem, the federal government exacerbated it.

Analysis and Commentary

Barack Obama’s Love Affair With Universality

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The President may have stiffed the French at the big solidarity rally that many other world leaders attended over the weekend, but when it comes to domestic policy, he is in love with the universe—and universality.

Analysis and Commentary

Quality Counts 2015

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ah, January is upon us: The wind is howling, the thermometer is plummeting, and we are greeted by the nineteenth consecutive edition of Quality Counts, Education Week’s compilation of mostly useful data, analysis, rankings, and commentaries.

In the News

Increase Economic Mobility By Busting College Myths

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Reuters
Monday, January 12, 2015

One way to improve economic mobility in the United States may be to fix the misconceptions that high-achieving, low-income teenagers often have about college.

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In the News

It’s A Terrible Idea To Allow Cellphones In Schools

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via New York Post
Sunday, January 11, 2015

It’s too bad for Mayor de Blasio that 13-year-olds aren’t usually included in public opinion polls. If they were, his approval rating might have climbed significantly this week when he decided to lift New York City public schools’ ban on cellphones.

In the News

The Battle for U.S. History

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Friday, January 9, 2015

Conservatives should worry less about Common Core and more about the College Board.

In the News

Matching The 'Undermatched'

featuring Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Inside Higher Education
Monday, January 5, 2015

Ever since a 2012 study found that a majority of high-achieving, low-income high school seniors don't apply to a single competitive college, educators and policy makers have been debating what to do about "undermatching," as the issue has come to be called.

Analysis and Commentary

Teachers Union In New York City Pushes Property Tax Change To Boost Teacher Hiring

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Monday, January 5, 2015

It’s like the bad penny that keeps re-appearing, only it costs hundreds of millions of dollars. The constant reversion to calls for ever-smaller class sizes never seems to lose its appeal for the teacher unions or for school districts arguing for more funds.

Analysis and Commentary

Terry Moe on Teacher Union Power

featuring Terry M. Moe, Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Saturday, December 20, 2014

In this video, Terry Moe discusses his recent book on teacher union power, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools, with Eric Hanushek. Moe’s analysis pinpoints the self-interest of unions that leads them to block many education reform ideas.

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Analysis and Commentary

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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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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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.


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.

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.



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.