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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Will Charter Schools Open This Fall?

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 8, 2020

The President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Nina Rees, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how charters have responded to the Covid-19 school shutdowns so far, and how they can continue to utilize technology and adapt amid the uncertainty surrounding a fall reopening.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: First Year Of College Available Online, Tuition-Free

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 1, 2020

The founder and CEO of, Steve Klinsky, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the online platform, which offers free college-level courses that in many cases can be used to get credit toward a degree. With an economic downturn and traditional colleges and universities physically closed because of the novel coronavirus, this may be an increasingly attractive option for students.

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Eric Hanushek And Margaret Raymond: COVID-19 And Schools | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Eric Hanushek, Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Podcasts
Thursday, May 14, 2020


Hoover Institution Fellows Eric Hanushek And Margaret Raymond discuss COVID-19 And Schools.

Analysis and Commentary

A Conservative Agenda For School Board Members

by Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Let us start with a confession: As card-carrying members of the school-choice and testing-and-accountability wings of the education reform movement, we have at times been dismissive, even hostile, to local school board members. That’s because these elected officials, constrained as they may be by laws, regulations, and the leanings of those they employ, have often seemed willing to protect the status quo and resist changes intended to overhaul the jalopy we call American public schooling.

Analysis and Commentary

Portland Public Schools' Plan To Beggar Its Neighbors

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, May 10, 2020

Unemployed workers in Oregon and many other states qualify for the full $600 a week if they lose as little as 10% of their pay due to coronavirus, not only if they completely lose their jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Link Between Charter School Market Share And Student Achievement

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, April 6, 2020

A senior research and policy associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, David Griffith, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new study that investigates whether student achievement increases as the market share of charter schools grows.

Analysis and Commentary

Five Reasons Congress Should Not Block-Grant The Federal Charter Schools Program

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

As a center-right think tank president, there are certain things I’m supposed to adore. Among them: donations from billionaires (yes), smoking a pipe (no), and turning prescriptive federal programs into block grants (hell yes!).

Diploma Dilemma
HESI Policy AnalysisFeatured

The Diploma Dilemma

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

How to realize the potential of today’s students and strengthen our country’s economic and social vitality in the decades to come.

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“The Integrity Of The High School Diploma Is At-Risk”—Hoover Education Success Initiative Releases Policy Briefing Exploring America’s “Diploma Dilemma”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

With state legislative sessions in full swing across the country, the Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI), a newly formed research program at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, has released “The Diploma Dilemma”—a policy brief that details how high school graduation rates continue to rise even as overall academic and career skill attainment remain flat.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: How To Increase Stagnant Teacher Salaries

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Eric Hanushekvia The Education Exchange
Monday, February 10, 2020

The Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education at the Hoover Institution, Eric Hanushek, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new paper by Hanushek that offers guidelines for states and local governments on how to raise teacher pay in a way that best supports improved student achievement.


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