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Charter Schools against the Odds: An Assessment of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education

Charter Schools Against the Odds: An Assessment of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, October 23, 2006

The expert contributors to this volume tell how state laws and policies have stacked the deck against charter schools by limiting the number of charter schools allowed in a state, forbidding for-profit firms from holding charters, forcing them to pay rent out of operating funds, and other ways. They explain how these policies can be amended to level the playing field and give charter schools—and the children they serve—a fairer chance to succeed.

In the News

Districts, state ponder teacher incentive pay

with Eric Hanushekvia Contra Costa Times
Saturday, October 21, 2006

Revolving doors: fantastic for malls, bad for schools…

In the News

Foundation Shifts Tack on Studies

with Paul T. Hillvia Education Week
Friday, October 20, 2006

Five years into an eight-year study of its high school improvement efforts, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is shifting its strategy for evaluating the $1.3 billion grant program…

Analysis and Commentary

The Cost of an 'Adequate' Education

by Eric Hanushekvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 9, 2006

The nation is watching to see what happens with New York City school finance...

Analysis and Commentary

All Aboard The Charters?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review
Monday, October 9, 2006

Charter schools have taught us much...

Analysis and Commentary

Charters can help in LAUSD reform

by Paul T. Hillvia Los Angeles Daily News
Thursday, October 5, 2006

DOES the Gates Foundation's new $1.8 million gift to the local Green Dot Charter Schools help or undercut mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's school takeover strategy...

Analysis and Commentary

Needed: national standards

by Diane Ravitchvia Charlotte Observer
Monday, October 2, 2006

When the next presidential campaign heats up, and it may already have started, we can expect that education reform will be a hot topic...

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Issue

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Diane Ravitchvia Washington Post
Sunday, October 1, 2006

There should be efforts to very actively recruit middle-class people into neighborhood schools and make sure these really are schools that prepare kids for college...

In the News

Koret panel gives Florida's K-12 schools mixed review

with Koret Task Force, Paul E. Petersonvia Orlando Business Journal
Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The 11-member task force presented its assessment and recommendations to Gov. Jeb Bush in Orlando...

Analysis and Commentary

Money, Momentum, and the Gates Foundation

by Paul T. Hillvia Education Week
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

News stories about Warren E. Buffett’s huge donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced in June, tended to cite the foundation’s successes in international health…


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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.