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What the Public Thinks of Public Schools

by Paul E. Petersonwith Education Nextvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Yesterday President Barack Obama delivered a pep talk to America's schoolchildren...

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Health Lessons From Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia New York Post
Thursday, September 3, 2009

IF Congress creates a public option in health-care insurance, will that inevitably lead to a single-payer system, with the government everyone's insurer?...

Hoover senior fellow Caroline M. Hoxby.

The Successes of New York City’s Charter Schools: An Interview with Caroline Hoxby

via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Caroline Hoxby explains that students who attend charter schools out-perform their public school peers.

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Smart Child Left Behind

by Tom Loveless, Michael J. Petrillivia New York Times
Thursday, August 27, 2009

AS American children head back to school, the parents of the most academically gifted students may feel a new optimism: according to a recent study, the federal No Child Left Behind law is acting like a miracle drug...

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SAT Upon

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Forbes
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The College Board, as always, hung a smiley face on it but the latest SAT results are a real bummer...

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A First-Rate Education For All

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Forbes
Thursday, August 6, 2009

If America's elementary and high schools laid a sounder educational foundation for more of their students, America's colleges would be far more successful at constructing a solid and artful edifice atop it...

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A Constitutional Moment for American Education?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Vacation gave me the opportunity to catch up with a bit of early American history, particularly the eventful last two decades of the 18th century...

John E. Chubb

The Learning Stimulus?

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

To ensure the money actually produces results, the administration could take additional steps

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The Learning Stimulus?

by John E. Chubbvia Education Week
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Obama administration recently opened the sluice gates again—directing $44 billion of the economic-stimulus package to the schools.

Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek (left) and Paul Peterson

Video commentary with Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson

with Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, July 6, 2009

Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning English-language learners. Video transcript (5:23)


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.