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Chester Finn Talks With David Osborne On C-SPAN

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via C-SPAN
Monday, September 18, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn interviews author David Osborne concerning the charter school movement and Osborne offers his outlook for the future of public education as he discusses his book, Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System. 

Analysis and Commentary

Bricks Without Straw: Maryland’s ESSA Accountability Plan

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Monday, September 18, 2017

Last week, Maryland governor Larry Hogan notified the State Board of Education (on which I serve*) and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that he will not sign the state’s ESSA accountability plan, which is due in Washington on Monday. The previous day, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker notified his...

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The Michigan Model: A New Approach To Financial Aid

featuring Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Harvard Political Review
Sunday, September 17, 2017

HAIL and the Go Blue Guarantee owe much of their marketing design to a 2013 reportfrom economists Caroline Hoxby and Sarah TurnerThe report shows how much progress can be achieved through strategic marketing. Several components of HAIL and the Go Blue Guarantee borrow directly from that report, providing evidence of those theories for other schools to consider.

Analysis and Commentary

Top Education Policy People And Organizations On Social Media 2017

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, August 31, 2017

After taking last year off, we’re back with our (mostly) annual look at who is dominating Twitter and other forms of social media in the education policy world. This exercise is inevitably unscientific and subjective, so please take it with a grain of salt. Still, the trends are always...

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Diversifying Our Selective Colleges Begins In Kindergarten

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A recent New York Times analysis suggests that a generation of policies meant to bring racial proportionality to our selective colleges has failed. “Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago,” declared the authors.

Analysis and Commentary

Office Hours: Eric Hanushek On Teacher Quality

interview with Eric Hanushekvia Policyed.org
Friday, September 1, 2017

Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Eric Hanushek responds to your questions related to the quality of teachers in education.

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Secret Finding From PDK Poll: Support For Vouchers Is Rising

by Paul E. Petersonvia EducationNext
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The just released PDK survey of U. S. adults reveals an upward shift in public support for vouchers of 12 percentage points over the past four years, with 8 of those percentage points gained since 2015. Meanwhile, voucher opposition fell by 18 percentage points over this same four-year time...

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Dare to Discipline (Again)

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The previous administration held that discipline amounted to discrimination. The new education secretary should reject this claim—if not in the name of common sense, then in the name of student achievement. 

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German-Style Apprenticeships Simply Can’t Be Replicated

by Eric Hanushekvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Half of young Germans enter vocational training, and the rigid labor market relies on certification.

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Inapplicable Insights

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Linda Darling-Hammond, smart as she is, doubtless has many fresh thoughts and insights. In her new book series on “empowered educators,” however, after bringing in a sizable body of information on how other countries go about it, she and a number of colleagues recycle many of their sturdiest old thoughts and insights. Subtitled “how high-performing systems shape teaching quality around the world,” they—under the aegis of a Stanford policy center and Marc Tucker’s National Center on Education and the Economy—describe in depth (via a 280-page overview treatise and multiple supplemental volumes) “how seven international educational systems create a coherent set of policies designed to ensure quality teaching in all communities.”

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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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