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We’ll Miss You, Graham Down

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Friday, September 5, 2014

Long before today’s education-reform movement was born, indeed long before A Nation at Risk, there was the Council for Basic Education (CBE), founded in 1956 by such notables as Jacques Barzun, Hyman Rickover, and Mortimer Smith.

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Against the Common Core

by Williamson M. Eversvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 4, 2014

The new educational standards undermine our system of federalism. 

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Diversity Distractions

quoting Eric Hanushekvia New York Post
Thursday, September 4, 2014

This fall Teach for America welcomes its “most diverse” corps in its history, according to a recent press release, with 50 percent of its teachers identifying as people of color.

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Eric Hanushek on To The Point (5:45)

interview with Eric Hanushekvia To The Point (KCRW)
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek discusses his recent book Endangering Prosperity on To The Point.

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Eight of the Toughest Challenges Schools Still Face

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Week
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reaching the threescore-and-ten milestone recently, and embarking on a new role at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, prompted me to do some stocktaking on the state of American education in 2014.

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Gov. Jindal’s Common Core Lawsuit Draws on Pioneer’s Research

mentioning Williamson M. Eversvia Pioneer Institute
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The legal complaint issued by Governor Jindal’s office clearly builds off Pioneer Institute’s white paper “The Road to a National Curriculum,” co-authored by former U.S. Department of Education General Counsel Kent Talbert, Deputy General Counsel Robert Eitel, as well as Bill Evers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just released this week are two major education polls, one by Education Next (EdNext), a journal of opinion and research, and the other by Phi Delta Kappan (PDK), a journal that serves the alumnae of schools of education. Both survey nationally representative samples of the U. S. adult population. EdNext polls about 5,000 respondents, including a nationally representative sample of teachers, by means of an online survey administered by Knowledge Networks. PDK poses questions to about 1,000 respondents in a poll administered by Gallup.

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Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just released this week are two major education polls, one by Education Next (Ednext), a journal of opinion and research, and the other by Phi Delta Kappan (PDK), a journal that serves the alumnae of schools of education. Both survey nationally representative samples of the U. S. adult population. Ednext polls about 5,000 respondents, including a nationally representative sample of teachers, by means of an online survey administered by Knowledge Networks. PDK poses questions to about 1,000 respondents in a poll administered by Gallup.

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A Bad Week For Common Core

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia Politico
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This has not been a great week for the Common Core. Two new national polls, released Wednesday and Tuesday, found the public souring on the academic standards, which are meant to elevate math, reading and writing instruction across the nation. One of the polls, conducted by the journal Education Next, also found a steep plunge in support for the standards among public school teachers.

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Poll: Common Core Support Among Teachers Plummets, With Fewer Than Half Supporting It

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Anybody watching the escalating battle across the country over the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing will hardly be surprised by a new national poll which reveals a significant loss of support over the last year — especially among teachers, whose approval rating dropped from 76 percent  in 2013 to only  46 percent in 2014. Overall support for the Core dropped from 65 percent last year to 53 percent in 2014, with most of the defection among Republicans.

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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.

Press Releases
Best and Worst in American Education, 2011

Hoover Institution Experts Identify 2011’s Best and Worst Education Events

Monday, November 28, 2011

In an effort to inform the public and shape education reform in the upcoming year, scholars on the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education today released their annual list of the top five best and top five worst events in American education in 2011. Their list indicates that several positive developments led to greater parental choice, system transparency and teacher accountability; however, “the worst” events indicate that there remains considerable room for improvement.

Click here to read the full press release.

Click here to read the best and worst events in American education in 2011.

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Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey

Mayor Booker Consults with Hoover and Stanford Scholars on Education Reform

Friday, October 21, 2011

Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and Stanford alum (BA class of 1991; MA class of 1992) participated in a roundtable discussion with Hoover Institution and Stanford University scholars on Friday, October 21, 2011, on the importance of education reform in the Newark area and throughout the state. As a member of the Newark Municipal Council and since being elected mayor in 2006, Booker has been an outspoken education advocate.

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Williamson M. Evers

Evers moderates K–12 Education Forum Workshop

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bill Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, will moderate a workshop on K–12 education at the California Republican Party convention workshop series on September 17, 2011. The workshop will discuss education issues in California, including testing and accountability, curriculum, charter schools and open enrollment, and teachers’ unions. Click here for more information about the event.

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Terry M. Moe

Klein reviews Steven Brill and Terry Moe’s books on reforming public education

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Joel Klein, executive vice president at News Corp. and CEO of the company's education division and former chancellor of the New York City public schools (2002–10), reviewed two publications by Steven Brill, a well-known journalist, and Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

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Hoover Fellows' New Website Liberating Learning Educates Public on the Growing Role of Technology in K–12 Education

Monday, September 6, 2010

The beginning of a new school year evokes memories of many classrooms with neatly ordered desks, dusty chalkboards, and a teacher standing at a lectern taking attendance.

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Williamson M. Evers

Hoover fellow appointed to Academic Content Standards Commission

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bill Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, has been appointed to the California Academic Content Standards Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The commission evaluates the national Common Core State Standards for statewide adoption and makes recommendations to the California State Board of Education on any adjustments to ensure that California’s rigorous standards are maintained.

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Paul Hill and Paul Peterson, Hoover fellows and members of the K-12 Education Task Force, discussed their newest books

School choice: From theory to action

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Paul Hill and Paul Peterson, Hoover fellows and members of the K-12 Education Task Force, discussed their latest books (Learning as We Go: Why School Choice is Worth the Wait by Hill and Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning by Peterson) with members of the education policy community in Washington D.C. Cosponsored by the Hoover Institution and the American Enterprise Institute, the event was held at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

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American Education in 2030

Hoover’s Education Task Force Releases E-Book That Looks Ahead

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Stanford

Ranging far afield from its usual analytic research, the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education today released a new e-book, American Education 2030. This e-book takes a peek at what American education will look like by 2030—when today’s babies will be in college and entering the workforce.

Press Releases

Media Colloquium on The Economy

Sunday, January 31, 2010
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Hoover fellows Robert Hall, Douglas Rivers, Russ Roberts, and John Taylor were the featured speakers at a Media Colloquium hosted by the Hoover Institution. The U.S. economy and the economic stimulus programs were the focus of discussion at the event.

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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.