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Graduate Students as Protected “Employees”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 29, 2016

Government regulations may ruin America’s great research universities.

In the News

Students Better At Math Have Economic Impact

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Tallahassee Democrat
Sunday, August 28, 2016

It was great to see that Florida’s economy benefits from having strong college football programs. Now just imagine what the economic boost would be if the state was as good at teaching math to middle and high school students as it is at college football.

In the News

Rhode Island Test Scores Improve, But Achievement Gap Widens

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Villages Sun Times
Friday, August 26, 2016

The state education board has proposed requiring students to earn only a 3 to pass the PARCC this first year, though the state would gradually raise the score required until 2019-20, when students would need to earn a 4.

In the News

10 Things To Know About The Charter School Debate

quoting Terry M. Moevia The Progressive
Friday, August 26, 2016

At separate conventions this summer, the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter Movement—the nation’s oldest and the youngest civil rights organizations—passed resolutions critical of charter schools and the privatization of education. We may have reached a watershed moment for market-based school choice.

In the News

Maryland Students Score Slightly Better In PARCC Math Exams

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via Baltimore Sun
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Maryland public school students improved their performance slightly in the second year of tough new state tests, but overall, in every grade and subject, fewer than half the students were able to pass.

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We Must Diversify Charter School Options

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Education Week
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

June 4 marked the 25th anniversary of Minnesota's charter school law, the nation's first. In 1990, charter pioneer Ted Kolderie foresaw that chartering would "introduce the dynamics of choice, competition, and innovation into America's public school system, while at the same time ensuring that new schools serve broad public purposes."

In the News

Teacher Tenure Stands In California, Thanks To CA Supreme Court

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Breitbart.com
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Teachers’ unions in California scored a major victory on Monday after the California Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit that sought to invalidate public school tenure policies on the grounds that the system hurts minority children.

In the News

Support For Charter Schools Stays Steady, But Drops For Vouchers, Poll Finds

mentioning Education Nextvia Education Week
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Although public support for charter schools has remained relatively steady over the past 10 years, support for school vouchers has fallen, according to a new poll released today.

In the News

Shifting Attitudes On Vouchers, Teacher Pay

featuring Hoover Institution, Education Nextvia Politico
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Common Core standards and vouchers are declining in popularity. After the economic downturn, the public is more supportive of pay raises for teachers.

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Why Does The NAACP Oppose Charter Schools?

by Paul E. Petersonvia US News and World Report
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The NAACP, at its national convention in Cincinnati, voted this July to support "a moratorium on the proliferation of privately managed charter schools." In Massachusetts, a local NAACP leader is campaigning against the charter-expansion referendum bill on the state ballot in November. 

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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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