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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


Bill Evers on KFI-AM 640 Sunday Morning News (2:00)

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

Listen to CommonCore030214 by Terry Anzur: Williamson Evers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University discusses Common Core on the Sunday Morning News, KFI-AM 640, Los Angel... | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.


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.


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.