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Analysis and Commentary

Would a Republican Congress be good for school reform?

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Thursday, September 23, 2010

We hope that a Republican takeover might lead to a productive policy environment, with the GOP even teaming up with the Administration to promote the “tight-loose” framework. But that’s no sure thing...

Williamson M. Evers

Reason.tv: Education Under Obama - A Conversation with Former Assistant Secretary of Education Bill Evers

by Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Videos
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Williamson M. Evers was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007-2009. Today, Evers is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and serves on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's California Academic Content Standards Commission.

Reason.tv's Paul Feine recently sat down with Evers to get his assessment of US education policy under Obama thus far.

Analysis and Commentary

Universal Preschool by Stealth

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

In the name of boosting academic performance and giving struggling kids a better shot at succeeding in first grade, California appears to be headed down the slippery slope to universal preschool...

Analysis and Commentary

Meeting of the Minds

by William G. Howell, Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. Westvia Education Next
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The 2010 EdNext-PEPG Survey shows that, on many education reform issues, Democrats and Republicans hardly disagree...

Terry M. Moe

Hoover fellow on KFNX radio

via KFNX
Friday, August 13, 2010

Terry M. Moe, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education, and the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, discusses the new politics of education and the Koret Task Force’s e- book, American Education in 2030, on KFNX 1100.

Analysis and Commentary

African-Americans for Charter Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

This past week the NAACP, the National Urban League and other civil-rights groups collectively condemned charter schools...Someone should remind these leaders who they represent...

Analysis and Commentary

National standards would harm math curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, July 30, 2010

The State Board of Education is voting Monday on adopting national K-12 curriculum standards in a package that includes an obese, unteachable eighth-grade math course...

In the News

Why the union blocks reform

with Eric Hanushekvia Richmond County Daily Journal
Thursday, July 29, 2010
In the News

High Standards vs. Local Control

with Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia National Review Online
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Analysis and Commentary

Harvard Wimps Out on Testing

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Notes Online (Blog)
Friday, July 16, 2010

To oppose “results-based accountability” in education is close to a taboo nowadays, a position so antithetical to the spirit of the age that few dare mention it...


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.