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There Is No War on Teachers

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Public schools are constitutionally empowered to educate our next generation, but they often stray from that path to over-emphasize the rights, pay, and benefits of their employees.

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Between A Rock and A Hard Place

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, June 16, 2014

Last week, Gates Foundation education chief Vicki Phillips wrote a “letter to our partners” urging that states give students and teachers time to adjust to the new Common Core standards before using those standards as factors “in high-stakes decisions on teacher evaluation or student promotion for the next two years, during this transition.”

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More Easily Firing Bad Teachers Helps Everyone

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Teacher tenure discussions often suggest that what is in the best interest of teachers is also in the best interest of students. But the groundbreaking decision in the Vergara case makes it clear that early, and effectively irreversible, decisions about teacher tenure have real costs for students and ultimately all of society.

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There Is No War On Teachers

by Eric Hanushekvia USA Today
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Public schools are constitutionally empowered to educate our next generation, but they often stray from that path to over-emphasize the rights, pay, and benefits of their employees.

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Intellectual Coherence and the Common Core

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Just because some criticisms of Common Core standards are over the top and dripping with misinformation doesn’t make them all so. Plenty of valid concerns exist, and the estimable Peggy Noonan recently homed in on several of them. She acknowledges “that Core proponents’ overall objective—to get schools teaching more necessary and important things, and to encourage intellectual coherence in what is taught—is not bad, but good.” 

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America’s College Kids Are a Bunch of Mollycoddled Babies

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Politico
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

t’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry over the demand by U.S. college students for “trigger warnings” to alert them that something they’re about to read or see in one of their classes might traumatize them—apparently a new trend, according to the New York Times. Ditto for off-beat campus sculptures, placards displayed by protesters and more.

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Not Just the Problems of Other People's Children: U.S. Student Performance in Global Perspective

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, Ludger Woessmannvia Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
“The big picture of U.S. performance on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is straightforward and stark: It is a picture of educational stagnation.... Fifteen-year-olds in the U.S. today are average in science and reading literacy, and below average in mathematics, compared to their counterparts in [other industrialized] countries.”
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Now You’re Entitled To Your Own Facts Too

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, May 12, 2014

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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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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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Koret Task Force on K-12 Education

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