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Teaching Reform

mentioning Terry M. Moevia National Review Online
Friday, October 10, 2014

Those who fear that the big problem with America’s schools is the teachers who work in them would be heartened by spending a little time at an Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) conclave. Sydney Morris and Evan Stone launched Educators 4 Excellence in 2010 to push unions and schools to get serious about recognizing excellence and addressing mediocrity.

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Time for a Reboot

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Monday, October 6, 2014

Americans are ambivalent about testing, standards, and accountability in their children’s schools. This is clear from survey results that swing wildly depending on how, exactly, the question is phrased — and on whether the practice in question might inconvenience one’s own kid, as apart from “fixing those awful schools across town.”

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.