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Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left

with Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia New York Times
Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Faith-Based Prisons: The Valid Studies

with Paul E. Petersonvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Finally, we get to the most valid studies of the effectiveness of faith-based prisons. What do they show? Not much.

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Six Keys to Economic Opportunity

by Paul E. Petersonvia Washington Times
Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the president declared in his State of the Union address that "social mobility has stalled" and "our job is to reverse these trends," he overlooked six major findings from two equal-economic-opportunity studies recently released by Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues.

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Preschool Push Moving Ahead in Many States

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via New York Times
Monday, February 3, 2014

Flipping Out: Controlled Choice Restricts Options

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“Controlled choice”restricts families’ education options and imposes a top-down, government-run, social-engineering scheme based on somebody’s view of the value of racial and socioeconomic integration.


Knowledge at the Core

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Monday, January 27, 2014

For thirty years, Don Hirsch has tried to persuade policymakers to undertake perhaps the one reform we’ve never tried: the widespread adoption of a coherent, sequential, content-rich curriculum. What might change the outcome over the next thirty years?

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How 'Stealing' a Better Education for Your Kids Can Land You in Jail

with Eric Hanushekvia Al Jazeera America
Monday, January 20, 2014

Soledad O’Brien reports on the desperate risks some parents take to send their children to an out-of-district school


Bill Evers and Michael Petrilli on Engage

with Williamson M. Evers, Michael J. Petrillivia Alabama Public Television
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pam Huff moderates a discussion on the controversial Common Core curriculum standards focusing on how Common Core will impact students. Watch online: Engage - Common Core from Alabama Public Television Specials. On demand, streaming video from APT - Alabama Public Television


Common Core and the War on Self-Deception

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Learning the truth about schools helps the school reform cause

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Can We Fix Undermatching in Higher Ed? Would it Matter if We Did?

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Brookings Institution
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In advance of tomorrow’s White House summit on higher education, Matthew Chingos explores the phenomenon of undermatching – students  attending less challenging colleges than their academic credentials would allow – which occurs disproportionately among disadvantaged students. Using statistical simulations, Chingos examines what would happen if students of all backgrounds were better matched to schools, and finds that eliminating undermatching would not meaningfully increase overall graduation rates. 


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.

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.

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...


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.


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.


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.


Remarks of Governor Jeb Bush

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




Koret Task Force Meeting

Thursday, February 10, 2000 to Friday, February 11, 2000
The Hoover Institution Stanford University, CA

Saying that "I think we should let the market answer the question," Nobel laureate Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, expressed support of a market-based approach to education reform and choice when they spoke during a meeting of the Koret K–12 Education Task Force in February at Hoover.


Koret Task Force on K-12 Education

Tuesday, September 14, 1999 to Wednesday, September 15, 1999
Hoover Institution Stanford University


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.