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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...

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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...

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Why the union blocks reform

with Eric Hanushekvia Richmond County Daily Journal
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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High Standards vs. Local Control

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

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...

Chester E. Finn Jr.

Tough love for charter schools

via Education Next
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hoover fellows Chester Finn and Terry Ryan describe the efforts of the Fordham Institute, a charter authorizer, to rescue struggling charter schools in Ohio.


School Vouchers in DC Produce Gains in Both Test Scores and Graduation Rates

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Saturday, June 26, 2010

One should not under-estimate the impact of the DC school voucher program on student achievement...

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A Matter of Size

with Eric Hanushekvia Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
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Virtual Education and Common Core Standards

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (June 23) about whether common standards create economies of scale for virtual learning products...


Are Shaker Heights Schools a Success? A Reply to Kahlenberg

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Friday, June 11, 2010

To learn that black students in Shaker Heights outperform other African-Americans in Ohio tells us nothing about the quality of Shaker Heights schools...


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.