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Analysis and Commentary

Competition among Schools Benefits All Students

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 29, 2003

Recent reports show that parents get more involved with their schools if they have information readily available on school performance.

Analysis and Commentary

Professionalizing Teachers versus Improving the Profession

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 15, 2003

What started as an effort to improve the teaching profession has turned instead into professionalizing teacher improvement.

Analysis and Commentary

What Harry Potter Can Teach the Textbook Industry

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 18, 2003

What does Harry Potter have that the textbooks don't?

Analysis and Commentary

The Crash of Top-Down Reform?

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 4, 2003

Public education is finding ways to comply with accountability standards without really improving.

Analysis and Commentary

Lost Opportunities

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 21, 2003

Although the resources we are providing to schools are increasing, the quality of the education those schools are providing is not.

Analysis and Commentary

Will the Education Gap Ever Close?

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 30, 2003

Two decades after the report's bleak assessment, we have seen little improvement—a lack that is especially glaring in the minority and underserved schools in big cities.

Analysis and Commentary

Special Education Insurance for Schools of Choice

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 19, 2003

To avoid the financial ruin that could result if a seriously handicapped child were to enroll, many charters stay close to the very districts whose control they hoped to escape.

Analysis and Commentary

The Social Studies Wars

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 12, 2003

One found little in the curricular suggestions about who attacked us and why.

Analysis and Commentary

A Nation at Risk: Twenty Years Later

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 28, 2003

A Nation at Risk proved to be an antidote to many of the pedagogical fads of the 1960s such as classrooms without walls, fluffy electives, and watered-down curricula

Analysis and Commentary

School Choice Works

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 21, 2003

Early research on American small-scale voucher programs suggests that choice may yield beneficial effects.

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Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education
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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.