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Beyond the Common Core

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Monday, July 28, 2014

The raucous Common Core debates of recent months have distracted many conservatives from their primary mission in the education wars: ensuring that every state and district in the land moves forcefully to raise academic standards, hold schools and educators (as well as students) to account for their performance, provide sound education choices to every family (including those with gifted or disabled youngsters), and squeeze more bang from every taxpayer buck that pours into primary and secondary education.

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We’ll Miss You, Michael Gove

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recent revelations suggest that David Cameron’s unexpected move to replace reform-minded education minister Michael Gove (who’s been popular with British conservatives) with Ms. Nicky Morgan might have been triggered by more than crass pre-election maneuvering to placate teachers and women.

Blogs

Whither the NEA?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, July 11, 2014

I’ve never been to the annual conference of the National Education Association and I’ve never regretted it, but it would have been fun to be a fly on the chandelier at last week’s shindig in Denver.

Learn to Spell “Compromise”

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

“Either/or” positions have paralyzed education reform. Let’s pull our desks into the middle.

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The ‘Balanced Literacy’ Hoax

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, June 30, 2014

My chief mentor, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, occasionally warned against “semantic infiltration,” which he correctly attributed to the late arms-control expert, Fred Ikle. It is, of course, the judo-like practice of using terms that are appealing to an audience as fig leaves for practices that the same audience would find repugnant—turning one’s own language against one’s interests, you might say.

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How Teachers Unions Use 'Common Core' to Undermine Reform

by Eric Hanushekvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, June 30, 2014

This year's battle over the introduction of Common Core standards in public schools has diverted attention from a more important but quieter battle led by teachers unions to eliminate school accountability and teacher evaluations.

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Other Media

Should We Be Treating Principals Like CEOs?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Atlantic
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It’s a widely held belief that a talented leader is the key to a successful school. Research shows that highly effective principals put a student’s achievement gains two to seven months ahead in a single school year—while weak leaders slow a student’s progress by the same amount.

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Terry Moe on the Reform School Program (2:17)

interview with Terry M. Moevia Choice Media
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Senior Fellow Terry Moe discussed his book excerpt, "Facing the Union Challenge, " on the Reform School Program.

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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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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.