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Choice with Equity

Choice with Equity

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, April 24, 2002

This review of the furious national debate over school choice examines the benefits of choice for children, families, and schools—and shows how properly designed choice programs can prevent the harmful outcomes opponents fear.

Analysis and Commentary

Have New York City Children Been Saved?

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, March 25, 2002

If the schools are not currently up to standards, how can the courts or legislatures remedy the situation?

Analysis and Commentary

How to Undermine the High School Diploma

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 25, 2002

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently indicated that a high school diploma is not especially important.

Analysis and Commentary

School Reform: Stay the Course

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 28, 2002

The state bet that students could meet high expectations, and it backed up its bet with serious new funding and excellent tests.

Analysis and Commentary

Special Education Charters

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 21, 2002

Present classification systems misleadingly suggest that as many as 80 percent of all school students require special programs, which cost about 2.3 times more than regular programs.

Analysis and Commentary

Education Policy and Information

by E. Donald Hirsch Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 14, 2002

We need to transform the ocean of educational data into usable information on the basis of the most wide-ranging and exacting analyses.

Analysis and Commentary

The High School Diploma Drought

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 24, 2001

If just three-quarters of young Americans—and barely half of black and Latino students—are managing to graduate from high school on time, we've got a whopping problem.

Analysis and Commentary

Getting Standards Right

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 10, 2001

Standards have been developed as airy visions that satisfy all factions of the professional education community.

Analysis and Commentary

Does Good Business Equal Good Schools?

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 24, 2001

Great schools have every element of an effective organization in place, from training to assessment to supervision.

Analysis and Commentary

Solving Shortages through Teacher Cooperatives

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 17, 2001

Individual teachers' pay and benefits, including contributions to vested retirement accounts, could be based on scarcity of skills and individual performance.


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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.