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States Sued Over Education Funding

with Eric Hanushekvia USA Today
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Any week now, the Kansas Supreme Court will rule on a lawsuit filed by parents and school districts alleging that school spending cuts violate the state's constitution, which promises

In the News

Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left

with Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia New York Times
Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Faith-Based Prisons: The Valid Studies

with Paul E. Petersonvia The Volokh Conspiracy (Washington Post)
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Finally, we get to the most valid studies of the effectiveness of faith-based prisons. What do they show? Not much.

Education and finance
Analysis and Commentary

Six Keys to Economic Opportunity

by Paul E. Petersonvia Washington Times
Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the president declared in his State of the Union address that "social mobility has stalled" and "our job is to reverse these trends," he overlooked six major findings from two equal-economic-opportunity studies recently released by Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues.

In the News

Preschool Push Moving Ahead in Many States

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via New York Times
Monday, February 3, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Flipping Out: Controlled Choice Restricts Options

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“Controlled choice”restricts families’ education options and imposes a top-down, government-run, social-engineering scheme based on somebody’s view of the value of racial and socioeconomic integration.

Analysis and Commentary

Knowledge at the Core

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Monday, January 27, 2014

For thirty years, Don Hirsch has tried to persuade policymakers to undertake perhaps the one reform we’ve never tried: the widespread adoption of a coherent, sequential, content-rich curriculum. What might change the outcome over the next thirty years?

In the News

How 'Stealing' a Better Education for Your Kids Can Land You in Jail

with Eric Hanushekvia Al Jazeera America
Monday, January 20, 2014

Soledad O’Brien reports on the desperate risks some parents take to send their children to an out-of-district school


Bill Evers and Michael Petrilli on Engage

with Williamson M. Evers, Michael J. Petrillivia Alabama Public Television
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pam Huff moderates a discussion on the controversial Common Core curriculum standards focusing on how Common Core will impact students. Watch online: Engage - Common Core from Alabama Public Television Specials. On demand, streaming video from APT - Alabama Public Television

Analysis and Commentary

Common Core and the War on Self-Deception

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Learning the truth about schools helps the school reform cause


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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; that include systematic reform options such as vouchers, charter schools, and testing; and that weigh equity concerns against outcome objectives.

Its collaborative efforts spawned a quarterly journal titled Education Next, one of the premier publications on public education research policy in the nation.

Chester E. Finn, Jr. serves as chair of the Task Force on K–12 education.