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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.

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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.

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Political Polarization Needlessly Divides the Public on Common Core and NCLB

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Political polarization is making it increasingly difficult to sustain support for policy undertakings that a majority of the public supports. Narrow interest groups and small minorities are twisting public opinion through slogans and rhetoric to which sensation-mongering elements in the media are giving excessive attention. Such is my conclusion after reviewing eight years of Education Next (Ednext) polling on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

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The Public Turns Against Teacher Tenure

by Paul E. Petersonvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's back-to-school season, but teacher tenure has been a hot topic since summer began. In June a California court ruled that the state's tenure and seniority laws are unconstitutional in Vergara v. State of California. Minority students have filed a similar case in New York, with more to come elsewhere.

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The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, August 15, 2014

Why do American public schools spend more of their operating budgets on non-teachers than almost every other country in the world, including nations that are as prosperous and humane as ours? We can’t be certain.

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Does It Even Matter if Americans Are Terrible At Math?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Vox
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

If there's one thing Americans know about international tests, it's this: we aren't very good at them. In 2012, the last time 15-year-olds from 65 countries and economies took an international math test, the US ended up ranked far from the top — particularly in math, where they were 27th of 34 countries. (The rankings aren't an exact science; the US could be ranked anywhere between 23rd and 29th, according to the Organization for Economic and Community Development.)

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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.

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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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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.

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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.