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American Education in 2030

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Paul E. Peterson, Terry M. Moe, Tom Loveless, Paul T. Hill, Eric Hanushek, Williamson M. Evers, John E. Chubb, Caroline M. Hoxby, Chester E. Finn Jr., Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 22, 2010

In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.

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The Case for Saturday School

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Wall Street Journal
Saturday, March 20, 2010

How many days a year did the future Alexander the Great study with Aristotle? . . .

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Debate: Are Teachers’ Unions the Problem—or the Answer?

with Terry M. Moevia Newsweek
Friday, March 19, 2010

Long overshadowed by other domestic issues, education-policy reform has begun moving up on the Obama administration's agenda. . . .

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Back to Basics

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

For five good reasons, conservatives should take seriously the potential of the newly released (in draft form) “common” education standards to strengthen U.S. education. . . .

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Charter Schools and Student Performance

by Paul E. Petersonwith Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

One study of 29 countries found that the level of competition among schools was directly tied to higher test scores in reading and math. . . .

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Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning

by Paul E. Petersonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 15, 2010

Peterson places today's debate over American education in historical context by showing how school reformers centralized political control without realizing the customized learning they sought.


Smaller Schools, Better Performance

by Herbert J. Walbergvia New York Times
Thursday, March 11, 2010

A huge amount of research, including my own, in more than 25 states shows that other things being equal, smaller schools produce higher academic achievement than larger schools. . . .

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A Turning Point on Education Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via AOL News
Thursday, March 11, 2010

If the nation's education system finally makes a meaningful turn for the better, March 10 may very well mark the turning point. . . .


Checker Finn's Seven Worries about National Standards

by Williamson M. Everswith Chester E. Finn Jr.via Ed Policy
Friday, March 5, 2010

Checker Finn, one of the nation's leading proponents of national standards, writes in Gadfly today (Mar. 5) that he has accumulated seven worries. . . .


Can we get to national standards, considering the pitfalls?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly
Friday, March 5, 2010

My feet aren't frozen, but as the march toward national or "common" academic standards trudges through deepening snow, they're getting chilly. . . .


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.