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Analysis and Commentary

The Supply Side of Choice: A Role for Interfaith Coalitions

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 14, 2003

The choice movement might be winning the policy battle, but an inadequate supply of alternative schools might cause it to lose the war.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Schools and Our Future:...Are We Still at Risk?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, March 17, 2003

The commission's report hit like a bomb when it declared that the weak performance of America's schools placed the nation itself at risk.

Our Schools and Our Future...Are We Still at Risk?
Books

Our Schools and Our Future...Are We Still at Risk?

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, February 26, 2003

This book assesses the changes that have occurred in the twenty years since A Nation at Risk, which urged major reforms in American education, was issued by the National education Commission. It offers recommendations based on three core principles—accountability, choice, and transparency—that can reinvigorate the system and rekindle America's confidence in public education.

Analysis and Commentary

Time to Reform Head Start

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 20, 2003

After nearly forty years and many billions of dollars, Head Start children still begin kindergarten far behind children from middle-class homes on measures of school readiness.

Analysis and Commentary

The Cost of a Proficient Student

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 23, 2002

U.S. taxpayers spent an average of $107,000 to produce a proficient fourth-grade reader.

Analysis and Commentary

Leaving Many Children Behind

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 9, 2002

This halfhearted choice provision was supposed to take immediate effect for pupils in more than 8,000 schools that have already lingered for two years or more on their states' lists of education failures.

Analysis and Commentary

Every Public School a Charter School?

by Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, November 25, 2002

Labor unions might like universal charters because existing schools, where unions are already established, could be turned into charter schools.

Analysis and Commentary

The American Literacy Tragedy

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, November 11, 2002

Americans barely reach the international literacy average set by advanced democracies.

Analysis and Commentary

The Tests We Need

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 23, 2002

Despite many reforms and substantially increased spending, our schools are doing no better than they were in 1983.

Analysis and Commentary

Teacher Union Power Is Awesomely Arrogant

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 9, 2002

As private sector unionism has waned, the NEA and AFT have become the most powerful labor combination in America.

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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.