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Disciplining the Undisciplined

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, February 21, 2014

The tough letter that senior House Republicans sent last week to Arne Duncan and Eric Holder should have been even tougher. For the “guidance” that their agencies issued to U.S. schools in the guise of improving school discipline can only make it harder for educators to create safe, serious, and effective learning environments.

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States Sued Over Education Funding

with Eric Hanushekvia USA Today
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Any week now, the Kansas Supreme Court will rule on a lawsuit filed by parents and school districts alleging that school spending cuts violate the state's constitution, which promises

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Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left

with Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia New York Times
Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Faith-Based Prisons: The Valid Studies

with Paul E. Petersonvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Finally, we get to the most valid studies of the effectiveness of faith-based prisons. What do they show? Not much.

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Six Keys to Economic Opportunity

by Paul E. Petersonvia Washington Times
Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the president declared in his State of the Union address that "social mobility has stalled" and "our job is to reverse these trends," he overlooked six major findings from two equal-economic-opportunity studies recently released by Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues.

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Preschool Push Moving Ahead in Many States

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via New York Times
Monday, February 3, 2014

Flipping Out: Controlled Choice Restricts Options

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“Controlled choice”restricts families’ education options and imposes a top-down, government-run, social-engineering scheme based on somebody’s view of the value of racial and socioeconomic integration.


Knowledge at the Core

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Monday, January 27, 2014

For thirty years, Don Hirsch has tried to persuade policymakers to undertake perhaps the one reform we’ve never tried: the widespread adoption of a coherent, sequential, content-rich curriculum. What might change the outcome over the next thirty years?

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How 'Stealing' a Better Education for Your Kids Can Land You in Jail

with Eric Hanushekvia Al Jazeera America
Monday, January 20, 2014

Soledad O’Brien reports on the desperate risks some parents take to send their children to an out-of-district school


Bill Evers and Michael Petrilli on Engage

with Williamson M. Evers, Michael J. Petrillivia Alabama Public Television
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pam Huff moderates a discussion on the controversial Common Core curriculum standards focusing on how Common Core will impact students. Watch online: Engage - Common Core from Alabama Public Television Specials. On demand, streaming video from APT - Alabama Public Television


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.