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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Effect Of Information On College Aspirations

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, November 19, 2018

Are parents move likely to want to send their kids to college if they are given accurate information about the costs and benefits of attending college? A new study looks at what happens when parents are given customized information about the cost of going to college and the wage premium for earning a college degree.

In the News

This Is What The Kansas Candidates For Governor Have In Store For School Spending

quoting Eric Hanushekvia KCUR
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Take a look at the Kansas budget and one item looms large, eating up more state spending than anything else. Schools swallow about $4.5 billion. That spending rose after an infusion of cash by lawmakers earlier this year in response to a court ruling in a long-running fight over whether state government does enough to support public education.


Thomas Sowell’s Inconvenient Truths

featuring Thomas Sowellvia Claremont Institute
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New York City’s vast public school system enrolls 1.1 million students, some 18,000 of whom attend nine “specialized” high schools, where the curriculum is particularly rigorous and admission is both widely sought and highly competitive. Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech are the oldest, largest, and most famous such institutions.

Analysis and Commentary

Paul Peterson On The Education Exchange

interview with Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, April 23, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Peterson and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu discuss efforts to bring education savings accounts and full-day kindergarten to his state.

Analysis and Commentary

Betsy DeVos Just Unlocked Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars A Year For New Charter Schools

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Yesterday, Texas became the thirty-fourth state (in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) to receive approval for its plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The rubber-stamping of these documents has become so routine that even the education trade press doesn’t bother to write more than a few paragraphs about each occasion.

In the News

Money Matters In Education, As Long As You Spend It At The Right Time And On The Right Students

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Half a century ago, when sociologist James Coleman was tasked by the U.S. Department of Education with studying educational inequality, a good school was regarded as one that featured teachers with advanced degrees, a well-stocked library, state-of-the-art science labs and the like. The assumption was that these "inputs" were key to students' success. But the bottom line of the 737-page "Equal Educational Opportunity Survey," known as the Coleman Report, was dynamite. Families mattered most, schools mattered less — and extra resources didn't seem to matter much at all.

In the News

More Money The Answer For K-12?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Republic-Monitor
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Once state legislators get past the soap opera that surrounds the Governor’s office, they will have to make some tough decisions affecting the people in Missouri. One is state funding for education. The Governor’s proposed budget for fiscal 2019 calls for an increase in K-12 funding, making it over a third of the state’s projected $9.8 billion operating budget. That may not be the best use of taxpayer dollars.

In the News

The School Plan By The State Government Of California Fails To Win Approval From The Federal Government

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia California Blog
Monday, January 8, 2018

The American Department of Education has found substantive errors in the plan by the State of California which highlights how the state authorities will utilize billions of dollars of aid from the federal education budget to prove schools in the state that have been recording low-performance. 

In the News

U.S. Dept. Of Ed Grant Priorities Push School Choice Plus STEM

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The Journal
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education is taking public comments on her proposed priorities for $700 million in discretionary grants the agency will issue annually in the coming years.

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Three Ways Forward

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

The charter movement has not one mission but three: improve teaching, spur districts to do better, and—as a last resort—reboot hopeless schools. 


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.

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