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The State of Education Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Though amazing progress has been over the past three decades, we need to do more. 

Affirmative-Action Foibles

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Democratic Party likes racial preferences in college admissions, but Asian-Americans don’t. Might we see a parting of the ways?

Youth Internet Safety: Risks, Responses, and Research Recommendations

by John Villasenor, Adina Farrukh, Rebecca Sadwickvia Brookings Institution
Monday, October 20, 2014

As Internet use by children and teenagers increases, so do concerns about their online safety. Providing a safe environment requires an in-depth understanding of the types and prevalence of online risks young Internet users face, as well as of the solutions most effective in mitigating these risks.

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Teens May Be Taking ADHD Meds In Response To Academic Pressure

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Huffington Post
Thursday, October 16, 2014

While the number of children medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to rise, a new study shows that the number of kids who actually take such medication varies by season.

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Report Finds Wide Disparities in Local Per-pupil Spending; D.C. Charters Spend Most

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Washington Post
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Charter schools in the District spent $18,150 per student during the 2011-2012 school year, while Prince George’s County Public Schools spent $10,408 on each child it served, a significant difference between the highest and lowest spenders in the Washington region, according to a study released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.


Which Washington-area System Does Best At Funding Its Neediest Schools?

by Michael J. Petrilli, Matt Richmondvia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In the era of No Child Left Behind—and at a time of growing concern about income inequality—virtually every school system in the country claims to be working to narrow its student achievement gaps. But are they putting their money where their mouth is?

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Irresponsible 'Education'

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges.


The New Education Trust Report: The Triumph of Hope Over Experience

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Education Trust has a proud and distinguished history. When the group got its start in the mid-1990s, achievement for poor and minority children was lagging, and the education policy community largely ignored their needs. Ed Trust changed all that with a single-minded focus on equity, hitched to the relatively new notion of school-level accountability.

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Study: Kids Likelier to Take ADHD Drugs in School Year

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia USA Today
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

After a decade of education reform, U.S. public schools are refocused on basic academics and the needs of low-income and minority students. Could that transformation be leading more kids to take medication to pay attention in class?


Arne Duncan’s Office of Civil Rights: Six Years Of Meddling

by Michael J. Petrillivia National Review Online
Friday, October 10, 2014

At his confirmation hearing in 2009, Senator Lamar Alexander famously told Arne Duncan that “President-elect Obama has made several distinguished cabinet appointments, but in my view of it all, I think you are the best.” Duncan had already made statements indicating a willingness to embrace charter schools and break with the unions over teacher evaluations – sentiments not typically expressed by Democratic secretaries of education.


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.

CREDO at Stanford University