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Analysis and Commentary

Experimenting with Students?

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, March 26, 2001

Correcting the lack of information about program effectiveness should be a national priority.

Analysis and Commentary

The Backlash against the Backlash

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 26, 2001

The major media warned of a movement growing among parents and educators to curtail testing for promotion or graduation.

Analysis and Commentary

A Conspiracy of Silence

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 12, 2001

The key to reversing the inequitable distribution of teachers in big cities is to give real-dollar budgets to all schools and charge schools the real cost of the teachers they employ.

Analysis and Commentary

Dumbing Down the Public: Why It Matters

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 15, 2001

Is it the candidates who have dumbed down their appeals or are they simply acknowledging that the public has a limited vocabulary?

Analysis and Commentary

Education Reform: Phase II

by E. Donald Hirsch Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 4, 2000

Despite the confusion of battle there is universal agreement on the importance of teaching all children to read.

Analysis and Commentary

Teachers Versus Children

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, October 23, 2000

This power grab is carefully concealed under the fig leaf of “teacher professionalism.”

Analysis and Commentary

School Vouchers Raise African American Test Scores

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, October 9, 2000

The African American students who switched to private schools scored, on average, 3.3 national percentile ranking points higher

Analysis and Commentary

The Knowledge Deficit

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 25, 2000

The early results suggest that the Regents' tests have become easier.

Analysis and Commentary

Teachers Unions and the Prospects for Better Schools

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 11, 2000

Teachers unions have more influence on the public schools than any other groups in American society.

Analysis and Commentary

It's about Time

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 22, 2000

What students in past generations learned will not be sufficient for today's students or the future of our country.


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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.