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Book Review: The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the fiftieth anniversary at hand for the celebrated and once-controversial "Moynihan Report," the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan is back on people's minds and keyboards

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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.

Analysis and 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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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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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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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.”

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

In The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could, Education Expert John Chubb Proposes Raising Student Achievement by Raising Teacher Quality

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Hoover Institution Press released The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could in which author John E. Chubb outlines a three-pronged strategy for raising teacher quality that is very different from the approach this country has historically followed. Chubb argues that, to develop the highest-achieving students in the world, the United States must attract, develop, and retain substantially stronger teachers, particularly if it wants to equal or surpass the achievement of top-performing nations in the world. The best achievement in the world requires the best teachers in the world—which US education policy has not been delivering.

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Chicago Teachers’ Union  members march through Chicago during their 2012 strike.

Moe talks about the future of teachers’ unions

Friday, October 12, 2012

Terry Moe, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education, debates with Joe Williams, executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, on the future of American teacher unions in “After Chicago: the Future of Teacher Unions.” This event will be moderated by Michael Petrilli, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and executive vice president at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.

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

Hoover Press to release John Chubb’s book on how to get the best teachers

Thursday, September 27, 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, has written The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could, which will be released on October 10, 2012. In the book, Chubb argues that student achievement in the United States could rise to levels comparable to the best nations in the world if we could improve teacher quality.

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Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective Public High Schools

Kirkus reviews Hoover fellow Chester E. Finn and Jessica Hockett’s upcoming book Exam Schools

Monday, September 17, 2012

Chester E. Finn Jr., a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairman of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and coauthor Jessica A. Hockett, an education consultant specializing in differentiated instruction, curriculum design, and lesson study, collaborated to produce Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools, which is due out in October 2012. In the book the authors examine how academically selective public high schools work and what is their important role in teaching the country’s brightest students. Exam Schools is a Koret Task Force on K–12 Education study.

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Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective Public High Schools

Webcast examines options for high-performing students

Monday, August 20, 2012

The plight of low-performing students dominates our education news and policy discussions. Yet America’s high flyers also demand innovative, rigorous schooling, particularly if the country is to sharpen its economic and scientific edge.

On August 24 at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, DC, Hoover Institution senior fellow Chester Finn and Jessica Hockett discussed how motivated, high-ability youngsters can be served in myriad ways by public education, including schools that specialize in them. This is the focus of their new book from Princeton University Press, Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools. In the book, the coauthors identify 165 such high schools across the United States.

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John E. Chubb

Education Reform for the Digital Era

Monday, April 16, 2012

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EST, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is hosting a live panel discussion that will preview the upcoming release of its Education Reform for the Digital Era volume. John Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, will be a featured speaker.

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John E. Chubb

Chubb appointed interim CEO at Education Sector

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

John E. Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, has been appointed interim chief executive officer at Education Sector, effective April 10, 2011. Chubb, a former board member, will replace Richard Lee Colvin, a noted journalist and editor, who is leaving his position to pursue new professional opportunities to write and reflect.

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Paul T. Hill, Hoover distinguished visiting fellow

Hill steps down as director of Center on Reinventing Public Education

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Paul Hill, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and founder of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), stepped down today, March 1, 2012, as CRPE’s director. He named his longtime colleague Robin Lake as his successor.

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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.