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Analysis and Commentary

A Visit To a Core Knowledge School

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, August 12, 2002

The Core Knowledge curriculum, developed by E.D. Hirsch of the University of Virginia, works on the simple principle that knowledge is powerful.

Analysis and Commentary

Where's Our Sense of Urgency?

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, July 22, 2002

Twenty-five to fifty years waiting for no child to be left behind means several lost generations.

Analysis and Commentary

School Choice: A Civil Rights Issue

by Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howellvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 24, 2002

Despite the efforts of the civil rights movement, public schools today remain just as segregated as they were in the 1950s.

Analysis and Commentary

The Challenges of Charter Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 17, 2002

The charter movement itself cannot decide whether it is a trade association obliged to defend every school that wears the charter label or an education reform movement responsible for ensuring that only good schools are so labeled.

Analysis and Commentary

Hold Schools Accountable for Cost of Finished Graduate

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 10, 2002

The cost per finished graduate is as important a measure of a school system's productivity as the annual academic progress reports called for in President Bush's education reforms.

Analysis and Commentary

Philadelphia Freedom

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 3, 2002

No city has come close to Philadelphia in "freeing up" the supply of public schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Schooling in the Mobile Society

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 13, 2002

The negative effects of moving are not only experienced by the children who move; all students in high-mobility schools, including nonmovers, tend to be affected.

Analysis and Commentary

What Are Education CEOs Up To?

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 6, 2002

They put a bright face on negative circumstances out of fear that creating a crisis may lower public confidence or discourage potential successors.

Analysis and Commentary

Beaucracy and School Leadership

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Saturday, May 4, 2002

There are not nearly enough qualified people to lead some 91,000 public schools and nearly 15,000 school systems.

School Accountability: An Assessment by the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education

School Accountability: An Assessment by the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education

by Herbert J. Walberg, Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, April 25, 2002

A group of expert authors from a wide range of perspectives reveal what is known about accountability, what still needs to be learned, what should be done right now, and what should be avoided in devising accountability systems.


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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.