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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


Common Core and the War on Self-Deception

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Learning the truth about schools helps the school reform cause

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Can We Fix Undermatching in Higher Ed? Would it Matter if We Did?

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Brookings Institution
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In advance of tomorrow’s White House summit on higher education, Matthew Chingos explores the phenomenon of undermatching – students  attending less challenging colleges than their academic credentials would allow – which occurs disproportionately among disadvantaged students. Using statistical simulations, Chingos examines what would happen if students of all backgrounds were better matched to schools, and finds that eliminating undermatching would not meaningfully increase overall graduation rates. 


Why the U.S. Results on PISA Matter

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Monday, January 13, 2014

Other countries have shown that it is possible to improve. While changing achievement might be difficult, there is ample evidence that it is critical to the U.S. future.

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Common Core Catastrophe?

with Williamson M. Eversvia TribLive
Saturday, January 11, 2014

Williamson Evers is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank based at Stanford University in California, and the former U.S. ...


Caroline Hoxby on Tell Me More (:59)

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Tell Me More (NPR)
Thursday, January 9, 2014

Deadlines to apply for colleges are coming up - and some experts say a lot of qualified minority students won't be applying to the top schools. Host Michel Martin speaks with Donald Fraser, Jr., of CollegeSnapps, Inc. and Caroline Hoxby, an economist at Stanford University about why some students of color aren't trying to get into prestigious schools.


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.