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Analysis and Commentary

Is School Choice Enough?

by Michael J. Petrillivia National Affairs
Friday, September 22, 2017

As with so many issues — from trade and immigration to Russia and taxes — the Trump presidency has exposed a schism within the conservative movement when it comes to education policy. While expanding parental choice is a paramount objective on the right, a key question is whether choice alone is enough, or if results-based accountability ought to be sustained and strengthened, too. 


When College Students Don’t Understand The Concept Of Free Speech

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, September 22, 2017

We’ve known for a while—thanks to the National Assessment and other measures—that American primary-secondary students aren’t learning a heckuva lot of civics, never mind that social studies is taught everywhere and taking high school civics is a widespread graduation requirement.

In the News

Speak Out For 1st Amendment

mentioning John Villasenorvia The Post And Courier
Thursday, September 21, 2017

History tells us repeatedly that you cannot have a functioning democracy without freedom of speech and expression, a right guaranteed in this nation by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Yet a recent survey of student opinion on a large number of U.S. college campuses finds that “freedom of expression is deeply imperiled on U.S. campuses.”

Analysis and Commentary

Another Reason To Love Charter Schools: Their Teachers Actually Show Up For Work

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Fox News
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Like everyone else, educators must occasionally miss work. They and their kids get the flu, too. Yet we also know that teachers are the single most powerful instrument that schools have to boost student learning. When they miss school, their pupils miss out on education. Indeed, research suggests that a 10-day increase in teacher absenteeism is associated with up to 25 days of student learning loss in math.

In the News

Report: 28 Percent Of Public School Teachers 'Chronically Absent'

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Breitbart News Network
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

About 28 percent of public school teachers are “chronically absent” from their jobs, says a new report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Analysis and Commentary

District Schools Aren’t Charter Schools – And That’s Ok

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

David Osborne, known for his best-selling Reinventing Government, is out with a new book, Reinventing America’s Schools. To promote it, he is blitzing the country and filling the nation’s newspapers with an argument that is familiar yet powerful: High quality charter schools are the best hope for urban education, so states and cities should do everything in their power to allow them to grow and prosper, and school districts should embrace them as well.

In the News

A Do-It-Yourself Liberal Education

quoting Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In the name of social justice and diversity, students at elite colleges are casting aside the very works that probe those topics so deeply. The central authors of the Western tradition—from Plato and Aristotle to Mill and Orwell—are no longer part of the required curriculum in the social sciences and the humanities. Their absence carries a high price.

In the News

A Chilling Study Shows How Hostile College Students Are Toward Free Speech

featuring John Villasenorvia The Washington Post
Monday, September 18, 2017

Here’s the problem with suggesting that upsetting speech warrants “safe spaces,” or otherwise conflating mere words with physical assault: If speech is violence, then violence becomes a justifiable response to speech.

In the News

Cal Thomas Column: Education System Is Failing American Citizens

quoting Peter Berkowitzvia Richmond Times-Dispatch
Monday, September 18, 2017

At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.”


Chester Finn Talks With David Osborne On C-SPAN

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via C-SPAN
Monday, September 18, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn interviews author David Osborne concerning the charter school movement and Osborne offers his outlook for the future of public education as he discusses his book, Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System. 


K-12 Education Task Force

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.

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