Williamson M. Evers

Biography: 

Williamson M. Evers was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution where he specialized in research on education policy especially as it pertained to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance. Evers was head of the “agency action team” for the U.S. Department of Education in the Trump transition  from early September 2016 through January 2017. He was the US assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation, and policy development from 2007 to 2009. From July to December 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority and ran, with colleagues, the K-12 system in that country. He was a member of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education from its beginning in 1999 until it wrapped up in 2014.

Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Evers to the California State Academic Content Standards Commission in 2010. In 1996 Governor Pete Wilson appointed Evers to the earlier California State Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards. He is the only individual to have served on both standards commissions, both of which proposed the subject matter that students should learn in each grade.

Evers was elected in November 2004 to the Santa Clara County Board of Education, on which he served until February 2007. He is the immediate past president of the board of directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School on which he served from 1997 until 2004.

Among his recent publications are:

He has written opinion columns that have appeared in Education Week, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor.

Evers received his BA (1972), MA (1978), and PhD (1987) degrees in political science from Stanford University.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Bill Evers: When You Say Socialism...

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia The Show-Me Institute Podcast
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses his Wall Street Journal article "California Wants to Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist."

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Bill Evers On The Andy Caldwell Show

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia The Andy Caldwell Show
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses his Wall Street Journal article "California Wants to Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist."

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Bill Evers On Sunday Morning Newsmakers

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia Sunday Morning Newsmakers with Larry Marino
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses his Wall Street Journal article "California Wants to Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist."

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Educators Warn Of Falling Academic Standards In California

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia The Epoch Times
Thursday, August 15, 2019

With California’s K-12 education consistently ranked below average or even near the lowest in the nation, parents, educators and local officials have increasingly expressed their concern with the Golden State’s public schooling.

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California Shows Why Students Need An Escape Hatch From Public Schools

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia Independent Women's Forum
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

California’s new ethnic studies curriculum is making national headlines. The state’s overhaul is heavy on academic social justice gobbledygook like “cis-heteropatriarchy” and, with its placement of capitalism alongside hateful ideologies like white supremacy, short on truth.

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Cisheteropatriarchy. Hxrstory. The Language Of Ethnic Studies, Explained

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Early on, some accused the emerging field of ethnic studies as lacking academic rigor. Now, critics are focusing on the language that is included in the glossary of a draft curriculum proposed for California students. Critics find the terminology pedantic, obscure and sometimes ideologically one-sided.

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Ethnic Studies May Soon Be Mandatory. Can California Get It Right?

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Angela Warren always assumed her father, a native of El Salvador, entered the United States via airliner. It took an assignment in her high school ethnic studies class to learn that he crossed the border alone at 14, terrified of being caught. When he reached the American side, he fell to his knees and gave thanks.

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Bill Evers: New Ethnic Studies Curriculum Is Getting Backlash For Being Too PC. How Should The Course Be Taught?

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia KPCC 89.3 (Southern California)
Monday, August 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses a proposed California bill that would mandate high school students take ethnic studies as a requirement for graduation. But, the proposed curriculum for ethnic studies is extremely left-leaning and filled with cumbersome jargon that would become a vehicle to argue politics rather than critical thinking about race, ethnicity, and indigeneity.

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Bill Evers On The Randy Tobler Show Podcast

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia The Randy Tobler Show Podcast
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses his Wall Street Journal column California Wants to Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist.

 
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Bill Evers On Curriculum

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia Nightside With Dan Rea
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers talks about a proposed ethnic studies curriculum in California – the first state-level curriculum on the academic subject in the country – which teaches children that capitalism is racist. In the proposed course, capitalism is described as a “form of power and oppression,” alongside “patriarchy,” “racism,” “white supremacy” and “ableism.”

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