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Redefining the School District in Michigan

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last month, editors of The Youngstown Vindicator, one of Ohio’s most respected newspapers, made an unusual appeal on their op-ed page. They asked the state superintendent of public instruction, Richard Ross, to take over their local school system.

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Stanford Provost Announces Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Stanford News
Friday, October 24, 2014

Provost John Etchemendy announced Thursday that nine Stanford faculty members had been named or reappointed Bass University Fellows.

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Getting More Poor Kids into College Won’t Fix Income Inequality

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Washington Post
Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you want to address income inequality, fix higher education. That seems to be the current thinking in Washington, where President Obama has urged college administrators to better serve low-income students.

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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.


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.

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