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The Two Tracks of School Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia National Review Online
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Standards-based testing and school choice go together.

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We Need Better Teachers

by Eric Hanushekvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

For the sake of K-12 students, we need to validate and reward our best instructors and get rid of our worst ones.

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Tom Loveless on the John Batchelor Show (19:13)

with Tom Lovelessvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Douglas Whynott, author, Sugar Season. Tom Loveless, Hoover. Ken Croswell, Science.

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Homework Horror Stories

by Tom Lovelessvia Education Next
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Recent stories in the popular press have featured children burdened with an enormous amount of homework, three hours or more per night. Are these students’ experiences typical or rare?

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The Curriculum Wars

by Tom Lovelessvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, March 21, 2014
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The Curriculum Wars

by Tom Lovelessvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 20, 2014

For years, progressives and traditionalists have been battling out what our children learn.

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Caroline Hoxby on Tell Me More

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia NPR
Monday, March 17, 2014

How did college get so expensive, and do families have the information they need to manage costs? Stanford University economist Caroline Hoxby and former college dean Marcia Cantarella discuss.

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Eric Hanushek on, On Point with Tom Ashbrook (29:17)

with Eric Hanushekvia On Point (NPR)
Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that underfunded poor schools are unconstitutional. So now what, in Kansas and across the country?

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SAT Changes Are a Good Start

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia National Journal
Thursday, March 13, 2014

But vast inequities between students from low- and high-income backgrounds still remain.

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Kansas Ruling Rolls Back Mandated Spending On Schools

with Eric Hanushekvia Investor's Business Daily
Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Kansas court ruled that funding disparities between rich and poor neighborhoods violate the state's constitutional requirement for equity across school districts. But it flatly rejected the teachers union claim that not enough overall money is spent on the Kansas schools.

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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.