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Policy Seminar with Rick Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at Hoover, and member of the Hoover Education Success Initiative, and Ludger Woessmann, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Hoover and Professor of Economics at the University of Munich, discussed their paper “Closing the SES Achievement Gap: Trends in the U.S. Student Performance.”

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The Silence Of The School Reformers

by Frederick M. Hess, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, December 2, 2019

A tidal wave of wokeness threatens to destroy the movement to improve our nation’s stagnating schools.

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Seattle Schools Propose To Teach That Math Education Is Racist—Will California Be Far Behind?

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

California’s latest K–12 test scores were released earlier this month. Despite spending 26 percent more per pupil after inflation since 2011, test scores remain low, and improvement is proceeding at a glacial pace. Just 40 percent of California schoolchildren are proficient at math. What should be done? Seattle’s idea is to teach their students that US math education is racist, is used to oppress people of color and the disadvantaged, and has been used to exploit natural resources.

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Better Students and Better Jobs

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A new survey shows that the jobs for which students are training simply aren’t the jobs employers want to fill. How to fix this mismatch.

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Integration Is No Panacea

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sixty-five years after the Supreme Court rejected “separate but equal” classrooms, segregation—formal segregation, at least—is gone. Yet our schools still struggle. Reform now depends more on excellence than on inclusion.

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Advanced Coursework Gets A Needed Boost

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Last week in Austin, at the annual “summit” sponsored by the PIE (“Policy Innovators in Education”) Network, prizes were conferred on a handful of state-based education-reform groups that had accomplished remarkable feats in the previous year, this despite the reform-averse mood that chills much of the nation.

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The “Left Behind” Kids Made Incredible Progress From The Late 1990s Until The Great Recession. Here Are Key Lessons For Ed Reform.

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Monday, September 9, 2019

This summer, I’ve been trying to make sense of the sizable gains made by America’s lowest-performing students and kids of color that coincided with the peak of the modern education reform movement. Today, I wrap up the series by offering some personal reflections on what we’ve learned. But first, let’s recap the facts and acknowledge the vast amount of ground yet to cover.

Analysis and Commentary

Checking In On School Reforms In New Orleans

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

Doug Harris, Professor and Department Chair of Economics at Tulane University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new study, “How is New Orleans School Performance Evolving, and Why?,” co-authored with Lihan Liu, Alica Gerry, and Paula Arce-Trigatti, and how school choice and performance-based contracting have fared after 15 years.

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California Can Reform K–12 And Medi-Cal, Or Face A Future Of Perpetual Tax Hikes

by David Cranevia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Here’s another way to look at the complicated question of California’s commitment to public education in these flush economic times, with some compelling illustration of the state’s finances. And an unsettling conclusion: more and more tax increases will be the Golden State’s fate unless lawmakers get serious about reforming two large portions of California’s budget—K–12 schools and Medi-Cal, which account for more than one-half of California’s General Fund spending.

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Teachers Get Real About Discipline Reform

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Last December, a headline in Chalkbeat announced the end of a contentious two-year debate among school discipline reformers and other ed-policy aficionados: “It’s official: DeVos has axed Obama discipline guidelines meant to reduce suspensions of students of color.”


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