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Charter Progress

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2006

A report card on the charter school movement. By Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli.

Analysis and Commentary

Bill Gates, the Nation's Superintendent of Schools

by Diane Ravitchvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, July 30, 2006

Warren Buffett's gift of $31 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will double the foundation's assets, bringing it to more than $60 billion, and will increase its annual giving to nearly $3 billion…

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The Fall of the Standard-Bearers

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2006

When it was founded in 1900, College Board had a profound influence on standards and curricula in American education. The board's influence has declined—and so has the quality of our public school system. Coincidence? By Diane Ravitch.

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Keeping an Eye on State Standards

by Paul E. Peterson, Frederick M. Hessvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2006

Suzy is a good reader...in North Carolina. But what happens when her parents move next door to South Carolina, where standards are much higher? By Paul E. Peterson and Frederick M. Hess.

Analysis and Commentary

Put to the Test

by Terry M. Moevia Stanford Magazine
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Debate about the state of U.S. public schools heated up with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001, better known as No Child Left Behind…

Analysis and Commentary

Private Performance

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Monday, July 17, 2006

Predictably, Diana Jean Schemo and the New York Times found front-page, above-the-fold space on Saturday to cover on a new National Center for Education Statistics report, drawn from 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress data, that finds private schools only slightly more effective than public when analysts control for income, race, parent education, and such…

Analysis and Commentary

Spending without achievement

by Williamson M. Evers, Paul Cloptonvia Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Sausalito Marin City School District spends more than $22,000 per pupil and pays teachers an average of $71,000 a year…

Analysis and Commentary

World Standards

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Tuesday, June 13, 2006

For young Americans in 2006, world history must no longer be seen as an elective subject…

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Bridging Differences

by Diane Ravitchvia Education Week
Wednesday, May 24, 2006

In the course of the last 30 years, the two of us have been at odds on any number of issues—on our judgments about progressive education, on the relative importance of curriculum content (what students are taught) vs. habits of mind (how students come to know what they are taught), and most recently in our views of the risks involved in nationalizing aspects of education policy...

Analysis and Commentary

Bridging Differences

by Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meiervia Education Week
Wednesday, May 24, 2006

In the course of the last 30 years, the two of us have been at odds on any number of issues—on our judgments about progressive education, on the relative importance of curriculum content (what students are taught) vs. habits of mind (how students come to know what they are taught), and most recently in our views of the risks involved in nationalizing aspects of education policy…

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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.