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American Education in 2030: Equality and Technology

with John E. Chubbvia Hoover Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The achievement gap is not quite a thing of the past in 2030. But African American students are now achieving at levels approaching those of white students in the late twentieth century.

American Education in 2030: Classroom Teaching in 2030

with Daniel T. Willinghamvia Hoover Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It seems self-evident that we can improve schooling if we tune education to the students' minds. But what about teachers? 

American Education in 2030: Curriculum Then and Now

with Grover J. Whitehurstvia Hoover Videos
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In 2030 curriculum is at the fore of education rather than serving as it did 20 years ago in the shadow of reform efforts involving teacher performance, choice, standards and accountability, and school governance.

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Cry Wolf! This Budget Crunch Is for Real

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Looking at the current financial crisis, Eric A. Hanushek warns schools against using old tactics to deal with future budget shortfalls...

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Cry Wolf! This Budget Crunch Is for Real

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The fall in state and local revenues has been serious, saved only by approximately $100 billion in federal stimulus funds for schools. Although the data are hard to find. . . .

American Education in 2030: Only if Past Trends Persist Is the Future Dismal

by Paul E. Petersonvia Analysis
Saturday, May 1, 2010

Simple extrapolations of current trends suggest that public education costs will rise sharply, pupil-teacher ratios will fall, and control over the education system will shift from families and localities to higher levels of government.

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Did Congress Authorize Race to the Top?

by Grover J. Whitehurstvia Education Week
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The legislative process is messy, but we are better served in the long term by allowing our elected representatives to decide on the education policies we are to pursue as a nation, rather than having them dictated to us by the executive branch under the guise of a grant program to reward reform and innovation...

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Have My Views Changed?

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Friday, April 23, 2010

Education Week reporter Debbie Viadero and blogger Andy Rotherham suggest that I, in Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning, have (along with Diane Ravitch) abandoned my support for vouchers and charters Such claims make for good story lines, but the reality is otherwise...

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Do U.S. Students Spend Enough Time Learning?

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week about whether American kids need a longer school day, a longer school year, more time on task, or more customized learning experiences...

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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.