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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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Here is the Conservative Defense of Common Core

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Daily Caller (DC)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Conservatives remain deeply skeptical of the Common Core education standards. But one right-of-center think tank is working to change that--and it’s policy director says higher education standards a

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Kansas Courts Get It Right

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Instead of deciding whether or not the Kansas legislature had dedicated sufficient funds to its local schools, the Kansas Supreme Court chose to highlight the importance of student outcomes.

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Rewarding and Employing Teachers Based on Their Value-Added

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Education Next
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Paying teachers in a manner that is competitive with private sector rewards


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with Williamson M. Eversvia KFI Radio (CA)
Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Education’s Endless, Erroneous Either-Ors

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, March 7, 2014
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The Global Achievement Gap

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

American students are falling behind in the international economy. Here’s how they can catch up.

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How Do We Choose Proper Performance Measures for Prisons?

with John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moevia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Thursday, February 27, 2014

And what disadvantages might performance measures have?


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.