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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?

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No (Gifted) Child Left Behind

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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No (Gifted) Child Left Behind

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Though we’ve made enormous strides in K-12 education, we are neglecting our smartest and often poorest kids.

What Lies Ahead, Edited by Chester Finn and Richard Sousa

What Lies Ahead for America's Children and Their Schools

via Hoover Press
Friday, February 21, 2014

The coming decade holds immense potential for dramatic improvement in US education and in the achievement of American children—provided that we seize the opportunities at hand and are not deterred by the obstacles to change.


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.


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.