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The End of Teacher Tenure?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ending the practice in K-12 schools would be good for students and taxpayers.  

Shultz Cabinet Chair Comes to Hoover

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hoover Library & Archives has added a remarkable piece of memorabilia to the collection of Hoover Senior Fellow and former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz: Mr. Shultz’s cabinet chair, which bears plaques for the four different US cabinet positions Mr. Shultz held from the 1960s to the 1980s.

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Fancy Private Schools Want To Abandon High School Transcripts And Grades

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, May 22, 2017

As more and more elite independent schools price themselves out of the upper-middle class parent market, as more of their traditional distinguishing features—things like honors courses, ample Advanced Placement offerings, library and technology access, small classes, oodles of art and music—get picked up by ever more district and charter schools, and as selective colleges seek to fill their entering classes with more variegated kids from a wider array of high schools, many private schools are struggling to devise new ways of setting themselves apart from the masses (and, presumably, justifying their lofty price tags).

Analysis and Commentary

Fancy Private Schools Swim In Lake Wobegon

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, May 19, 2017

As more and more elite independent schools price themselves out of the upper-middle class parent market, as more of their traditional distinguishing features—things like honors courses, ample Advanced Placement offerings, library and technology access, small classes, oodles of art and music—get picked up by ever more district and charter schools, and as selective colleges seek to fill their entering classes with more variegated kids from a wider array of high schools, many private schools are struggling to devise new ways of setting themselves apart from the masses (and, presumably, justifying their lofty price tags).

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: In Praise Of Ed Tech

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the most promising developments in ed tech. 

Analysis and Commentary

Don't Let Personalized Learning Become The Processed Food Of Education

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

There’s a lot that’s appealing about personalized learning, properly construed. Rather than march a classroom of students through academic material at the exact same pace, regardless of their discordant levels of readiness or their varying degrees of background knowledge, personalized settings allow schools to target instruction to the exact needs of individual children.

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Investing In Good Teachers Pays Big Dividends

by Eric Hanushekvia Policyed.org
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Teaching is one of the few industries in America where the link between performance and pay is unrelated. A great teacher who happens to be young gets paid much less than a mediocre teacher who has been around for decades. If we want to see better results in our schools, we need more flexibility on how we hire, reward, and retain great teachers. 

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Peter Berkowitz: Free Speech On College Campuses Under Attack

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia One America News Network
Friday, May 12, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Peter Berkowitz discusses free speech on college campuses and notes that it is vital for universities to uphold the first amendment and the free exchange of ideas on college campuses.

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Michael Petrilli: What We Know About School Vouchers

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what recent voucher studies mean for the current evidence base on school choice.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Do College Admissions Offices Value Volunteer Work?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, May 12, 2017

Mark Barbieri, a regular reader of this blog, asked the following question and gave me permission to use his name.

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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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