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Analysis and Commentary

Gains of Black Students in Voucher Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 8, 2000

Low-income African American students scored higher in math and reading than those remaining in public schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Charter Schools in Action

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 10, 2000

Almost 1,700 charter schools now operate in the United States, enrolling 300,000 youngsters. In the District of Columbia and Trenton, 10 percent of all schoolchildren attend them. In Kansas City, it's 13 percent.

Analysis and Commentary

The Truth About Teacher Salaries and Student Achievement

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, April 3, 2000

The teacher is the key ingredient to quality schooling.

Analysis and Commentary

What Parents Choose When Given Choices

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, March 20, 2000

Choice-based reforms, such as vouchers and charter schools, depend on the idea that schools will have to satisfy parents to keep their customers.

Analysis and Commentary

Federal Education Programs Cause Harm to Students

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, February 28, 2000

The longer American students attend school, the further they fall behind the achievement of students in other economically advanced countries.

Analysis and Commentary

Secretary Riley Reignites the Math Wars

by Williamson M. Eversvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 17, 2000

In early 1998, U.S. secretary of education Richard W. Riley called for a "cease-fire" in the math wars between the proponents of solid content and the proponents of discovery-learning methods.

Analysis and Commentary

Recapitalizing Public Education

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 20, 1999

As the political struggles rage over charters, vouchers, and union power, important new intellectual and financial resources are flowing into education.

Analysis and Commentary

Education: The New Civil Rights Frontier

by E. Donald Hirsch Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, November 22, 1999

Apologists for the public schools continue to blame the achievement gap between groups on social pathologies and shortcomings in the innate abilities of entire groups.

Analysis and Commentary

The Rise (and Fall?) of the Public School

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, November 8, 1999

Two seminal events transformed the educational institutions of the West—the invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1455 and the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

American Education in 2030: School Choice

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Analysis
Thursday, May 25, 1020

In 2030, nearly two-thirds of U.S. children benefit from school choice, up from half in 2010. 


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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.