John E. Chubb

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
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John E. Chubb passed away on November 12, 2015.

Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was the president of the National Association of Independent Schools. He served as the interim CEO of Education Sector, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. He was a founder of EdisonLearning, a company that for nearly twenty years partnered with public school districts and charter school boards nationwide to provide innovative schools and education programs with a focus on disadvantaged students.

He previously served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and faculty member at Stanford University. He also served as an adviser, consultant, and speaker for the White House and for many state governments, public and private school systems, and nonprofit organizations.

Chubb’s most recent book was The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could (Hoover Institution Press 2012). He was the author of several other books, including Liberating Learning and Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools, both coauthored with Hoover Institution senior fellow and fellow K–12 Education Task Force member Terry M. Moe, and Learning from No Child Left Behind. Chubb also edited Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child, an assessment by the Koret Task Force. His book Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools, which analyzes five hundred public and private high schools using data gathered from more than twenty thousand students, teachers, and principals, argued that free-market principles should become part of the American education system.

Articles written by Chubb have appeared in the Brookings Review, American Political Science Review, Public Interest, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and other publications.

Chubb also coedited Can the Government Govern? with Hoover Institution distinguished visiting fellow and fellow K–12 Education Task Force member Paul E. Peterson.

Chubb held a PhD from the University of Minnesota and an AB summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, both in political science.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Crash of Top-Down Reform?

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 4, 2003

Public education is finding ways to comply with accountability standards without really improving.

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Real Choice

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Why should we support school choice programs? Because they work. By Hoover fellow John E. Chubb.

Analysis and Commentary

Where's Our Sense of Urgency?

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 22, 2002

Twenty-five to fifty years waiting for no child to be left behind means several lost generations.

Analysis and Commentary

Philadelphia Freedom

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 3, 2002

No city has come close to Philadelphia in "freeing up" the supply of public schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Does Good Business Equal Good Schools?

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 24, 2001

Great schools have every element of an effective organization in place, from training to assessment to supervision.

Analysis and Commentary

Privatization: A Solution for School Inequities?

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 6, 2001

The least experienced teachers tend to teach in the schools with the highest concentrations of disadvantaged students.

The Private Can Be Public

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Businesses have always played an important role in public schools, whether publishing textbooks or managing payrolls. Now businesses are offering to manage entire schools on behalf of public school boards, hiring principals and teachers—and taking responsibility for the results. Will the profit motive benefit kids? The answer, according to Hoover fellow John E. Chubb, is yes.

Analysis and Commentary

It's about Time

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 22, 2000

What students in past generations learned will not be sufficient for today's students or the future of our country.