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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.

Learn to Spell “Compromise”

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

“Either/or” positions have paralyzed education reform. Let’s pull our desks into the middle.

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The ‘Balanced Literacy’ Hoax

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, June 30, 2014

My chief mentor, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, occasionally warned against “semantic infiltration,” which he correctly attributed to the late arms-control expert, Fred Ikle. It is, of course, the judo-like practice of using terms that are appealing to an audience as fig leaves for practices that the same audience would find repugnant—turning one’s own language against one’s interests, you might say.

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How Teachers Unions Use 'Common Core' to Undermine Reform

by Eric Hanushekvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, June 30, 2014

This year's battle over the introduction of Common Core standards in public schools has diverted attention from a more important but quieter battle led by teachers unions to eliminate school accountability and teacher evaluations.

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Should We Be Treating Principals Like CEOs?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Atlantic
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It’s a widely held belief that a talented leader is the key to a successful school. Research shows that highly effective principals put a student’s achievement gains two to seven months ahead in a single school year—while weak leaders slow a student’s progress by the same amount.

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Koret Task Force on K–12 Education dinner

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Hoover

The Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education dinner was held in the Nicolas de Basily Room of the Hoover Tower on January 14. Task force member Chester Finn moderated a before-dinner discussion on the economic stimulus package and the “race to the top.”

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Learning as We Go: Why School Choice is Worth the Wait

Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait, by Paul T. Hill

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Stanford

Issues behind the hotly debated topic of school choice are scrutinized by Hoover fellow Paul T. Hill in Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait (Hoover Press, 2010).

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Media Colloquium “Getting Beneath Current Educational Policty Debates”

Friday, September 18, 2009
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Policy debates within the field of education were the focus of a media colloquium held September 18 as part of a meeting by the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. The colloquium titled “Getting Beneath Current Educational Policy Debates,” featured presentations by task force members on a variety of topical issues.

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Koret Task Force on K–12 Education dinner

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Hoover

Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education is embarking on a project that looks at the future of American education. At a dinner, which was part of the task force’s semiannual meeting, task force members gave us a glimpse at what their expectations are and what might be done to address problems on the horizon. Topics include technology, family structure, school organization, district organization, political implications, standards, performance, teachers, finance, privatization, and school choice. The final report will be published in 2010.

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Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek (left) and Paul Peterson

Video commentary with Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning English-language learners.

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Hoover senior fellow Eric Hanushek is interviewed concerning his new book Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses.

Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Video commentary with Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Terry Moe

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Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education

Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education, by Hoover Fellows Terry M. Moe and John Chubb

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Stanford

Technology has transformed all aspects of our everyday lives. From online banking to social networking, we communicate, connect, and consume in ways radically different from the past. Yet the average classroom is not that different from the classroom of fifty years ago.

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Terry Moe&esquo;s Liberating Learning interview.

Liberating Learning

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Video commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Eric Hanushek

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Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses

Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses, by Hoover Fellow Eric Hanushek and Alfred Lindseth

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Stanford

Public school funding has quadrupled during the past few decades, spurred by court rulings requiring states to increase such funding.

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Learning from No Child Left Behind: How and Why the Nation’s Most Important but Controversial Education Law Should Be Renewed by John Chubb

Learning from No Child Left Behind: How and Why the Nation’s Most Important but Controversial Education Law Should Be Renewed by John Chubb

Monday, April 6, 2009

Members of the K-12 Education Task Force just released a report containing ten recommendations regarding the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. Findings are available in the newly released, Learning from No Child Left Behind...

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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.