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E.D. Hirsch and Civic Education

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nathan Glazer talks with Education Next about E.D. Hirsch’s new book, The Making of Americans.

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Should Undocumented Students Get Federal Support?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Journal Expert Blog: Education
Monday, April 5, 2010

Thousands rallied on the National Mall on March 21 in support of comprehensive immigration reform, including the DREAM Act…. Do you suppot the DREAM Act?

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History of school reform offers glimmers of hope

with Paul E. Petersonvia Associated Press
Monday, March 29, 2010

Harvard University government professor Paul Peterson argues that although many efforts have been well-intentioned, even noble, American schools haven't kept pace with changes in society.

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

with Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Videos
Thursday, March 25, 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. 

13 Video Commentaries on American Education in 2030

with Paul E. Peterson, Grover J. Whitehurst, Chester E. Finn Jr., John E. Chubb, Williamson M. Evers, Eric Hanushek, Paul T. Hill, Caroline M. Hoxby, Tom Loveless, Terry M. Moe, Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Videos
Thursday, March 25, 2010

In the new online essay and video series, American Education in 2030, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education , joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.

For more information about this project please visit the website at AmericanEducation2030.com.

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American Education in 2030

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Paul E. Peterson, Terry M. Moe, Tom Loveless, Paul T. Hill, Eric Hanushek, Williamson M. Evers, John E. Chubb, Caroline M. Hoxby, Chester E. Finn Jr., Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 22, 2010

In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.

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The Case for Saturday School

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Wall Street Journal
Saturday, March 20, 2010

How many days a year did the future Alexander the Great study with Aristotle? . . .

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Debate: Are Teachers’ Unions the Problem—or the Answer?

with Terry M. Moevia Newsweek
Friday, March 19, 2010

Long overshadowed by other domestic issues, education-policy reform has begun moving up on the Obama administration's agenda. . . .

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Back to Basics

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

For five good reasons, conservatives should take seriously the potential of the newly released (in draft form) “common” education standards to strengthen U.S. education. . . .

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Charter Schools and Student Performance

by Paul E. Petersonwith Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

One study of 29 countries found that the level of competition among schools was directly tied to higher test scores in reading and math. . . .


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.