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The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, August 15, 2014

Why do American public schools spend more of their operating budgets on non-teachers than almost every other country in the world, including nations that are as prosperous and humane as ours? We can’t be certain.

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Does It Even Matter if Americans Are Terrible At Math?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Vox
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

If there's one thing Americans know about international tests, it's this: we aren't very good at them. In 2012, the last time 15-year-olds from 65 countries and economies took an international math test, the US ended up ranked far from the top — particularly in math, where they were 27th of 34 countries. (The rankings aren't an exact science; the US could be ranked anywhere between 23rd and 29th, according to the Organization for Economic and Community Development.)

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Saving Schools—Launching My MOOC on HarvardX

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Monday, August 4, 2014

“Put your money where your mouth is. ”The shibboleth has haunted me since 2010 when I concluded my book Saving Schools with an endorsement of online learning. Using new technologies, students could choose among dozens of options, I said. One great lecturer could teach thousands, even millions, I imagined. Outside experts could view the content, identify weaknesses, propose solutions, I argued.  Continuous improvement would replace the stagnation of the past 50 years of American education, I hoped.

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Save Our Data! Protect the Integrity of Education Statistics

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, August 4, 2014

The possibility that the 113th Congress might yet reauthorize the Institute for Education Sciences (IES)—the House has passed H.R. 4366 and the Senate HELP Committee is cogitating—means it’s time once again to consider the status of the jewel in the IES crown, namely the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Featured Commentary

Education Reform in 2014

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, August 1, 2014

This short essay cannot begin to say all that deserves to be said about the state of ed-reform in America in 2014, but it gives me an opportunity to do some stocktaking, recount a bit of history, and flag some challenges for the future.

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Teacher-Tenure Decision Is NOT an Abuse of Judicial Power

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Thursday, July 31, 2014

In June, a judge declared California’s seniority protection laws unconstitutional. Citing the 1954 Brown decision, Judge Rolf Treu, in Vergara v. California, declared the laws in violation of the equal protection clause of the California state constitution because they limited minority access to effective teachers.

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Pre-Kraziness

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Way back in 2000, the United Nations went through an elaborate process of setting “millennium development goals” for the world. To be attained by 2015, these were, of course, entirely laudable—e.g., “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger” and “achieve universal primary education”—and they have definitely influenced the priorities of various UN agencies, other governmental and multilateral aid providers, and private philanthropies.

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Beyond the Common Core

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Monday, July 28, 2014

The raucous Common Core debates of recent months have distracted many conservatives from their primary mission in the education wars: ensuring that every state and district in the land moves forcefully to raise academic standards, hold schools and educators (as well as students) to account for their performance, provide sound education choices to every family (including those with gifted or disabled youngsters), and squeeze more bang from every taxpayer buck that pours into primary and secondary education.

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We’ll Miss You, Michael Gove

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recent revelations suggest that David Cameron’s unexpected move to replace reform-minded education minister Michael Gove (who’s been popular with British conservatives) with Ms. Nicky Morgan might have been triggered by more than crass pre-election maneuvering to placate teachers and women.

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Whither the NEA?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, July 11, 2014

I’ve never been to the annual conference of the National Education Association and I’ve never regretted it, but it would have been fun to be a fly on the chandelier at last week’s shindig in Denver.

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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
Stanford

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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Williamson M. Evers

Evers featured as the author of the “Quote of the Week”

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

“There is no constitutional or statutory basis for national standards, national assessments, or national curricula. The two testing consortia funded by the US Department of Education have already expanded their activities well beyond the limits of the law.”

Bill Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was featured as the author of the “Quote of the Week” in the Heritage Foundation’s weekly digest, Education Notebook. The digest highlights developments in education policy.

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Choice and Federalism: Defining the Federal Role in Education

Reboot Federal Role in K–12 Education, Hoover Task Force Says

Monday, February 6, 2012
Stanford

With the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act overdue for reauthorization, the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education recommends a new and powerful strategy for fundamental education reform—and a major makeover of the customary federal role: allow states receiving federal funding to opt out of traditional federal constraints if they create vibrant marketplaces for informed school choice.

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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.