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Saving Schools—Launching My MOOC on HarvardX

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Monday, August 4, 2014

“Put your money where your mouth is. ”The shibboleth has haunted me since 2010 when I concluded my book Saving Schools with an endorsement of online learning. Using new technologies, students could choose among dozens of options, I said. One great lecturer could teach thousands, even millions, I imagined. Outside experts could view the content, identify weaknesses, propose solutions, I argued.  Continuous improvement would replace the stagnation of the past 50 years of American education, I hoped.

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Save Our Data! Protect the Integrity of Education Statistics

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, August 4, 2014

The possibility that the 113th Congress might yet reauthorize the Institute for Education Sciences (IES)—the House has passed H.R. 4366 and the Senate HELP Committee is cogitating—means it’s time once again to consider the status of the jewel in the IES crown, namely the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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Education Reform in 2014

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, August 1, 2014

This short essay cannot begin to say all that deserves to be said about the state of ed-reform in America in 2014, but it gives me an opportunity to do some stocktaking, recount a bit of history, and flag some challenges for the future.

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Teacher-Tenure Decision Is NOT an Abuse of Judicial Power

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Thursday, July 31, 2014

In June, a judge declared California’s seniority protection laws unconstitutional. Citing the 1954 Brown decision, Judge Rolf Treu, in Vergara v. California, declared the laws in violation of the equal protection clause of the California state constitution because they limited minority access to effective teachers.

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Pre-Kraziness

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Way back in 2000, the United Nations went through an elaborate process of setting “millennium development goals” for the world. To be attained by 2015, these were, of course, entirely laudable—e.g., “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger” and “achieve universal primary education”—and they have definitely influenced the priorities of various UN agencies, other governmental and multilateral aid providers, and private philanthropies.

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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.

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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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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.