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Op-Ed: The Myth Of Sisyphus And The Achievement Gap

quoting Eric Hanushekvia NJ Spotlight
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The tension between Americans’ belief in equality of educational opportunity and personal liberty means there will always be an achievement gap.

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A Degree of Disappointment

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

“College for all” has diluted the value of a bachelor’s degree and diverted many young people from better paths toward the working world.

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Area 45: Charting A Course For Charter Schools

interview with Eric Hanushek, Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Area 45
Thursday, April 12, 2018

School Choice – What Are The Choices?

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Increased Federal Role In Education Fails To Improve U.S. Student Performance

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia Breitbart
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The newly released National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores indicate that U.S. students, in general, have failed to show progress in reading and mathematics during the last two years, another sign that a stronger federal role in education has not produced success.

In the News

After Demanding Local Control, DeVos Finds That It Limits Her Influence

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The New York Times
Friday, March 9, 2018

After spending much of her life fighting for state and local control of education, Betsy DeVos last year found herself at the helm of the federal agency that she had long said stands in the way of educational innovation.


Michael Petrilli: Cheer Up, Education Reformers

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses education reform’s surprisingly good year.


College Needs A Rethink

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Remember how the Wizard of Oz, once the curtain was drawn back, turned out to be an insignificant little blowhard? What if “college education” in America, especially the kind that culminates in a bachelor’s degree, is headed toward a similar revelation?

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Bully for Budget Cuts

by Williamson M. Evers, Vicki E. Algervia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Never mind the hysteria. The proposed federal cuts in education funding are smart and long overdue. 


Chester Finn Talks With David Osborne On C-SPAN

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via C-SPAN
Monday, September 18, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn interviews author David Osborne concerning the charter school movement and Osborne offers his outlook for the future of public education as he discusses his book, Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System. 

Analysis and Commentary

Bricks Without Straw: Maryland’s ESSA Accountability Plan

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Monday, September 18, 2017

Last week, Maryland governor Larry Hogan notified the State Board of Education (on which I serve*) and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that he will not sign the state’s ESSA accountability plan, which is due in Washington on Monday. The previous day, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker notified his...


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