Policy debates within the field of education were the focus of a media colloquium held September 18 as part of a meeting by the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. The colloquium titled “Getting Beneath Current Educational Policy Debates,” featured presentations by task force members on a variety of topical issues including:
- Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education at the Hoover Institution, on the “Funding-achievement crisis: Generalizing from California”
- Tom Loveless, senior fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, on “Understanding international testing”
- Terry Moe, Hoover senior fellow, and John Chubb, distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution on “Technology and a potentially different educational future”
- Checker Finn, Hoover senior fellow and chair of the task force, on “A cautionary view of universal preschool”
The Koret Task Force on K–12 Education meets several times per year to discuss 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; that include systematic reform options such as vouchers, charter schools, unions, teacher accountability, and testing.