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In the News

The Charter School Debate Is More Complex Than Either Side Admits

quoting Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia The Hechinger Report
Thursday, December 12, 2019

In the upcoming education forum, Democratic presidential candidates would do well to examine the evidence closely

In the News

Smaller Classes Are The Wrong Priority

cited Caroline M. Hoxbyvia The Frederick News-Post
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

According to recent reporting by The Frederick News-Post (“Reducing class size number one priority” published Dec. 5, 2019), many parents and community members believe spending money to reduce class sizes should be the school system’s highest priority. As often happens in politics, research suggests that the politically popular option is unlikely to have a positive impact. Most of the public conversation hasn’t mentioned class size reduction’s many disadvantages.

In the News

Why Mississippi Deserves More Federal Aid, And Massachusetts Less

quoting Jonathan Roddenvia BBN Times
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Imagine two school districts in a metropolitan area in the same state: one with higher incomes and property values, and the other with lower incomes and property values. Say that the schools are funded by local property taxes. Thus, if the same property tax rate applies to both school districts, children in the district with higher incomes and property values will have a lot more spent on their education than children in the district with lower incomes and property taxes.

Analysis and Commentary

Dear Teachers, Most Of The Popular Lessons You Found Online Aren't Worth Using

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

As we were putting the final touches on our new report, The Supplemental Curriculum Bazaar: Is What's Online Any Good?, Amazon unveiled a “new storefront” called Amazon Ignite. The site will allow educators to earn money by publishing—online, of course—their original educational resources (lesson plans, worksheets, games, and more).

Analysis and Commentary

A Heroic Effort To Right The Civics Ship

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Civics education has been a problem forever, or so it seems, and if that problem feels more urgent today it’s because so many are dismayed by the erosion of civility and good citizenship in today’s America, as well as mounting evidence that younger generations are both woefully ignorant in this realm—check out umpteen recent surveys, as well as NAEP data—and losing faith in democracy itself. 

In the News

American Education’s Great Stagnation

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The Washington Free Beacon
Monday, December 9, 2019

Despite higher spending, achievement has flatlined.


Education Experts Discuss The Future Of Advanced Placement And Students’ Challenges In College Preparation

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

Education experts and secondary school administrators discussed expanding minority access to Advanced Placement learning and finding solutions to the disconnect between secondary schools and colleges in student preparation throughout America’s education system.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Inner Workings Of The Providence Public School District

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, December 9, 2019

David Steiner, the Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the review of the Providence Public School District recently undertaken by Johns Hopkins. The review includes distressing news on proficiency in math and reading, teacher morale and deteriorating facilities.


Terry Moe On Educational Reform, Katrina, And Hidden Power

by Russell Roberts interview with Terry M. Moevia EconTalk
Monday, December 9, 2019

Political Scientist and author Terry Moe of Stanford University talks about his book, The Politics of Institutional Reform with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Moe explores the politics and effectiveness of educational reform in the New Orleans public school system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Moe finds that policy-makers turned to charter schools for pragmatic reasons and students enjoyed dramatic improvements in educational outcomes as a result.


Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: The Effects Of Early College Programs

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show Podcast
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the long-term impact of early college high school programs.


K-12 Education Task Force

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.

CREDO at Stanford University