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The Changing Selectivity of American Colleges

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia National Bureau of Economic Research
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This paper shows that although the top ten percent of colleges are substantially more selective now than they were 5 decades ago, most colleges are not more selective...

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Early Childhood Misstep

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Forbes
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

While the Senate is consumed by health care, other problem topics are piling up...

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Health Care and an Educated Citizenry

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review
Thursday, September 17, 2009

What kind of education would one need to make sense of the current health-care debate?...

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What the Public Thinks of Public Schools

by Paul E. Petersonwith Education Nextvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Yesterday President Barack Obama delivered a pep talk to America's schoolchildren...

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Health Lessons From Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia New York Post
Thursday, September 3, 2009

IF Congress creates a public option in health-care insurance, will that inevitably lead to a single-payer system, with the government everyone's insurer?...

Hoover senior fellow Caroline M. Hoxby.

The Successes of New York City’s Charter Schools: An Interview with Caroline Hoxby

via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Caroline Hoxby explains that students who attend charter schools out-perform their public school peers.

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Smart Child Left Behind

by Tom Loveless, Michael J. Petrillivia New York Times
Thursday, August 27, 2009

AS American children head back to school, the parents of the most academically gifted students may feel a new optimism: according to a recent study, the federal No Child Left Behind law is acting like a miracle drug...

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SAT Upon

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Forbes
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The College Board, as always, hung a smiley face on it but the latest SAT results are a real bummer...

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A First-Rate Education For All

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Forbes
Thursday, August 6, 2009

If America's elementary and high schools laid a sounder educational foundation for more of their students, America's colleges would be far more successful at constructing a solid and artful edifice atop it...

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A Constitutional Moment for American Education?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Vacation gave me the opportunity to catch up with a bit of early American history, particularly the eventful last two decades of the 18th century...


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.