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In the News

How To Improve Public Education? All Of The Above

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via Star Tribune (MN)
Saturday, September 10, 2016

“The most visible and substantial education reform of the modern era … the best example of reinventing government applied to public education,” is how Chester Finn and Bruno Manno describe chartering in their new book from Harvard Education Press.


Charter Schools Are Reinventing Local Control In Education

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 5, 2016

Charters are supplanting the union-dominated school board model. The big winners are students.


Clinton Abandons The Middle On Education

by Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. Westvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Most rank-and-file Democrats disagree with the party platform.

In the News

Does Trump Nomination Culminate A 180-Degree Turn On Education Reform

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via Deseret News (UT)
Monday, August 1, 2016

Education reformers from both parties are concerned, as Democrats lean against standardized testing to align with the teacher union pressure, who refer to such tests as "test and punish." Meanwhile, Republican leaders criticize any form of centralization, both federal oversight and the state-coordinated Common Core.

In the News

Putin’s Military Buildup In The Baltic Stokes Invasion Fears

quoting Michael McFaulvia Bloomberg
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Baltic officials say NATO forces are not enough to deter Russia.

In the News

State K-12 Leaders Cautious In Assessing Draft ESSA Rules

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Education Week
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Accountability plans wait for post-election.

Analysis and Commentary

Charter School Pluralism: "No-Excuses" And Beyond

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Friday, June 3, 2016

Why our founding document undermines effective government—and why we need a more powerful presidency.

In the News

Report: Improving School Quality Would Create A Half-Trillion Dollars In Oregon

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Portland Tribune
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Chalkboard project says the way to do that is through teachers.

In the News

$20 Billion In Tax Credits Fails To Increase College Attendance

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia The New York Times
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Taxpayers will file for $20 billion in tax credits for college expenses they paid in 2015, but while those who get them will no doubt be happy, new evidence shows they have no effect on encouraging people to attend college.

Analysis and Commentary

Policy Change Is Not The Only Path To School Reform

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Monday, April 18, 2016

It strikes me, and several others with whom I’ve spoken in recent months, that education reform is at a turning point. It’s not just the new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which sends key decisions back to the states. It’s bigger than that. It’s a feeling of exhaustion with policy as the primary driver of educational change.


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