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Nine Questions: What Does It Even Mean to Oppose the Common Core?

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Friday, January 30, 2015

Almost every article and column written about the nascent GOP presidential campaign mentions Tea Party opposition to immigration reform and the Common Core—and most candidates’ efforts to align themselves with the Republican base on these two issues. (A Google News search turns up more than 11,000 hits for “Common Core” and “immigration” and “Republican.”)

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Climate Change within New York's Democratic Leadership: Will There Be More Parental Choice in Education?

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via Independent Women's Forum
Thursday, January 29, 2015

While New York seems to be weathering Winter Storm Juno well, former U.S. Secretary of Education and president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Chester E. Finn, Jr., recently noted another climate shift change in the Empire State. New York. Finn explains in a recent New York Daily News editorial:

Transforming Tomorrow’s Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The wheels of education reform grind exceedingly slow, but they have ground out some progress. We need more.

Detention Dysfunction

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The government wants to force a racial quota system onto student punishment. This is an even worse idea than you might suppose.

Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellows Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson

Endangering Prosperity

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We’ve known for years that our schools are failing huge numbers of students. Now, Hoover fellows Eric Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson show how they’re failing the nation.


The Case Against Federal Accountability Mandates in Education

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Congressional Republicans have promised to overhaul the No Child Left Behind act this year; the big debate so far has been whether to maintain the law’s annual testing requirements.

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To Expand Opportunity, Expand School Choice

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Congress Blog (The Hill)
Monday, January 26, 2015

Americans are free to choose where to live and work, what products to buy, and which services to use. But there is one important sphere in which Americans do not have freedom of choice—education, both primary and secondary.

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Thanks to Gov. Cuomo, Preet Bharara And Sheldon Silver, It Was A Huge Week For Education Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via New York Daily News
Friday, January 23, 2015

Is Cuomo the first Democratic governor ever to propose a program of private-school choice for kids and families in his state?


Stump Speech Contest: What Members of Congress Should Say About Testing

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Thursday, January 22, 2015

The word around town is that support for annual testing among rank-and-file members of Congress—in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle—is dangerously low. They are constantly hearing complaints from their constituents about the overuse and abuse of standardized tests, and many are eager to do something about it.


Timely Ohio Report Could Change The ESEA Testing Debate

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Though hardly the only issue to be debated during the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education act, annual testing has taken center stage in discussions so far. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate HELP committee, put forth a bill that leaves open the possibility of removing the federal requirement that states test students annually in reading and math from grades three through eight—a possibility that has thoroughly freaked out much of the education-reform community.


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