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Reforming Education in Texas

by Koret Task Forcevia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, April 23, 2004

Recommendations from the Koret Task Force, February 2004 An Assessment by Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 Education

Analysis and Commentary

No Child Left Behind: No Unfunded Mandate

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 19, 2004

Roughly 20 percent of students in big cities currently attend "failing" schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Must College Be So Costly?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, March 8, 2004

We are headed toward the quarter-million-dollar B.A.

Analysis and Commentary

Attracting the Best Teachers

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, March 1, 2004

Longtime teachers are paid well regardless of how much their skills are needed or how hard or effectively they work.

Analysis and Commentary

Education in Urban America

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 2, 2004

Washington's ambitious goal of getting every young American to the "proficient" level is akin to crossing the Grand Canyon

Analysis and Commentary

The Scientific Basis of Teaching Reading

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 26, 2004

Children who fall substantially behind in reading in the early grades are unlikely to catch up.

Analysis and Commentary

Who Could Be against "Adequate" School Funding?

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 19, 2004

A massive amount of evidence indicates that spending on schools is not closely related to school quality or student learning.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Schools, Still at Risk

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 12, 2004

Even after two decades of efforts to raise academic standards, provide more resources, reduce class size, and hold schools accountable for improving student achievement, our schools continue to fail many children.

Analysis and Commentary

Five Forgotten Schools

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, October 27, 2003

The story of five forgotten schools serves as one example of the hypocrisy of some school reform.

Analysis and Commentary

California's Algebra Crisis

by Williamson M. Evers, Paul Cloptonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, October 6, 2003

Algebra placement rates ought to depend on student readiness.


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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.