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The Monkey Cage: American Policy-Making As a Succession of Kludges

with Terry M. Moevia Washington Post
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Politics produces a succession of semicoherent fixes to the policies that we already have.

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California GOP Denounces Common Core K-12 Curriculum

by Williamson M. Eversvia FlashReport
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[Editor's Note: Bill Evers, a member of the State Executive Committee and State Central Committee of the California Republican Party, introduced a party resolution on Common Core at this past weekend's CA GOP Convention.] ...

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Upgrade U.S. Skills or Pay the Price

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Daily News (NY)
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hanushek & Peterson: As if we needed more evidence, new data released Tuesday shows the disheartening level of skills of the American worker compared with those in other developed countries.

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U. S. Adults Perform Below International Average in Numeracy, Literacy and Problem Solving

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The United States once had the best educational system in the world, but that day seems to have faded away. Unfortunately, the United States can no longer live on the great educational system it once enjoyed.

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School

Part II: The United States can teach itself how to improve education

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In the second of two videos, Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson discuss their new book, Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School. Topics include the rate of improvement in achievement gains across the United States and the world and the futility of increasing education investment to improve education achievement.

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Part I: American students’ woeful math proficiency

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Institution
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In the first of two videos, Hoover senior fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson discuss their new book, Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School. Topics include US student proficiency and performance in mathematics compared to students in other countries; the relationship between math skills and economic growth; and the importance of math and science for future global jobs. Click here for further information.

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Governance Matters

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, September 20, 2013

Tucked away in Amanda Ripley’s pages are a number of examples of how Finland, South Korea and Poland organize and govern their education systems, and these are illuminating as well as actionable in the policy realm.

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Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned!

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Don’t call me and my friends Chicken Littles. The sky was beginning to fall three decades ago.

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Eric Hanushek on Lou Dobbs Tonight

with Eric Hanushekvia Lou Dobbs Tonight (Fox Business)
Monday, September 16, 2013

‘Endangering Prosperity’ author Eric Hanushek on the need to improve America’s educational system.

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Fixing Our Schools Could Fix Our Debt Crisis, Too

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia FoxNews.com
Friday, September 13, 2013

If our schools could educate our students to a level of accomplishment achieved by other countries, the returns on our education investment would be vast.

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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.