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Against the Common Core

by Williamson M. Eversvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 4, 2014

The new educational standards undermine our system of federalism. 

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Diversity Distractions

quoting Eric Hanushekvia New York Post
Thursday, September 4, 2014

This fall Teach for America welcomes its “most diverse” corps in its history, according to a recent press release, with 50 percent of its teachers identifying as people of color.

Interviews

Eric Hanushek on To The Point (5:45)

interview with Eric Hanushekvia To The Point (KCRW)
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek discusses his recent book Endangering Prosperity on To The Point.

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Eight of the Toughest Challenges Schools Still Face

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Week
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reaching the threescore-and-ten milestone recently, and embarking on a new role at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, prompted me to do some stocktaking on the state of American education in 2014.

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Gov. Jindal’s Common Core Lawsuit Draws on Pioneer’s Research

mentioning Williamson M. Eversvia Pioneer Institute
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The legal complaint issued by Governor Jindal’s office clearly builds off Pioneer Institute’s white paper “The Road to a National Curriculum,” co-authored by former U.S. Department of Education General Counsel Kent Talbert, Deputy General Counsel Robert Eitel, as well as Bill Evers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Blogs

Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just released this week are two major education polls, one by Education Next (EdNext), a journal of opinion and research, and the other by Phi Delta Kappan (PDK), a journal that serves the alumnae of schools of education. Both survey nationally representative samples of the U. S. adult population. EdNext polls about 5,000 respondents, including a nationally representative sample of teachers, by means of an online survey administered by Knowledge Networks. PDK poses questions to about 1,000 respondents in a poll administered by Gallup.

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Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just released this week are two major education polls, one by Education Next (Ednext), a journal of opinion and research, and the other by Phi Delta Kappan (PDK), a journal that serves the alumnae of schools of education. Both survey nationally representative samples of the U. S. adult population. Ednext polls about 5,000 respondents, including a nationally representative sample of teachers, by means of an online survey administered by Knowledge Networks. PDK poses questions to about 1,000 respondents in a poll administered by Gallup.

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A Bad Week For Common Core

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia Politico
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This has not been a great week for the Common Core. Two new national polls, released Wednesday and Tuesday, found the public souring on the academic standards, which are meant to elevate math, reading and writing instruction across the nation. One of the polls, conducted by the journal Education Next, also found a steep plunge in support for the standards among public school teachers.

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Poll: Common Core Support Among Teachers Plummets, With Fewer Than Half Supporting It

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Anybody watching the escalating battle across the country over the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing will hardly be surprised by a new national poll which reveals a significant loss of support over the last year — especially among teachers, whose approval rating dropped from 76 percent  in 2013 to only  46 percent in 2014. Overall support for the Core dropped from 65 percent last year to 53 percent in 2014, with most of the defection among Republicans.

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Conservative Study Finds Falling Support for 'Common Core'

featuring Paul E. Petersonvia The Hill
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Public support for Common Core, the Obama administration’s program for setting education standards, has dwindled over the last year, according to a new study from a conservative group. The survey from Education Next, a journal published by the conservative Hoover Institution, found that 53 percent of people still favor Common Core, but the program’s support has declined sharply from 65 percent in 2013.

Pages

Terry Moe&esquo;s Liberating Learning interview.

Liberating Learning

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Video commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Eric Hanushek

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Learning from No Child Left Behind: How and Why the Nation’s Most Important but Controversial Education Law Should Be Renewed by John Chubb

Learning from No Child Left Behind: How and Why the Nation’s Most Important but Controversial Education Law Should Be Renewed by John Chubb

Monday, April 6, 2009

Members of the K-12 Education Task Force just released a report containing ten recommendations regarding the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. Findings are available in the newly released, Learning from No Child Left Behind...

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Video Commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Paul Peterson

Video commentary with Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and Paul Peterson

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Terry Moe and Paul Peterson comment on the controversy surrounding the likely termination of the Washington, D.C., voucher program.

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Paul Peterson, Hoover Institution senior fellow and member of Hoover's Task Force on K–12 Education

Obama’s Education Stimulus Critiqued

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Paul E. Peterson, Harvard government professor and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow says stimulus needs to emphasize productivity.

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Chester E. Finn Jr.

The Most Irritating Education Expert in America by Jay Matthews

Monday, February 18, 2008

I am breaking the rules of book-reviewing by admitting right away that I like Chester E. "Checker" Finn Jr., whose memoir, Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik, just came out. For an education reporter, Finn is a godsend...

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Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education Focuses on Evaluation of No Child Left Behind Act at Annual Dinner

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The future of the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act was discussed at the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education’s annual dinner January 17 at the Hoover Institution. In a before-dinner discussion hosted by Hoover senior fellow and task force chairman Chester E. Finn, eight members of the task force offered policy recommendations regarding the much-debated federal law.

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Koret Task Force Members Debate School Reform

Monday, January 29, 2007

School reform was the topic of a debate hosted by the Koret Task Force on K – 12 Education on January 18, 2007.

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Our Schools and Our Future ...Are We Still at Risk?

Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Ballroom Willard Inter-Continental Hotel Washington, D.C.

Twenty years ago, the National Commission on Excellence in Education delivered a shocking report called A Nation at Risk, which awakened millions of Americans to a national crisis in primary and secondary education.

Event

Remarks of Governor Jeb Bush

Monday, February 24, 2003
Washington, D.C.

HOOVER INSTITUTION BOARD OF OVERSEERS CONFERENCE

AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE

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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.