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How the Education Spendthrifts Get Away With It

by Paul E. Petersonvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Money for schools has again become a campaign issue. In the Florida governor's race, Charlie Crist says that the "first thing [Gov. Rick Scott ] does when he comes in . . . is cut education by $1.3 billion."

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Letter: The Conservative Case for Education Isn't Common Core

by Williamson M. Eversvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Many of us critics of the Common Core national standards are carrying forward concerns that former Secretary of Education Bennett voiced in the past.


Demonstrate College Readiness If You Want a Federal Grant or Loan

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Among those entering college for the first time, 45% of those going to 2-year institutions and 28% of those attending 4-year institutions do not return the next year.  While transfers are abundant, and many students return to college later on, far too many students are failing to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them because they are not college-ready.


Wurman Testimony on Math and Science Standards in Ohio

by Ze’ev Wurmanvia Education Next
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I am a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Between 2007 and 2009 I served as a senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of Education. I served as a commissioner on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that in 2010 evaluated the Common Core’s suitability for California adoption.

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Hoover fellow Russell Roberts Talks with Elizabeth Green About Education and Building a Better Teacher

with Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, September 15, 2014

Elizabeth Green, author of the new book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Anyone), talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the art of teaching and the history of various reforms, mostly failed, trying to improve teaching in America.

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Common Core: yes or no? A debate.

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Washington Post
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Embrace the Common Core State Standards? Do not embrace the Common Core? That was the question in New York when four people — two for embracing and two against — participated in a recent debate about the controversial initiative.


The Challenges of AP History: Are You Sure You Want College Credit?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Much of the criticism recently leveled at the College Board’s new framework for its Advanced Placement United States history course and exam is hysterical and undeserved. There’s also reason to suspect that some of the harshest critics may be motivated at least in part by the riches they have reaped by prepping high school kids for the old version of the test.


What Parents Think About Their Public Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

If one judged public opinion by conventional public discourse, one would soon conclude that parents in the United States are neatly divided between devotees of district-operated schools and choiceniks determined to avoid them. 

Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellows Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson
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Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellows Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson

interview with Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter interviews Hoover senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Paul Peterson and Rick Hanushek on education in the United States compared to the rest of the world. 


Petrilli on Intelligence Squared Debates

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Intelligence Squared US (NY)
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Research Fellow Michael Petrilli participates in a debate on the Common Core on Intelligence Squared Debates.


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