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Secret Finding From PDK Poll: Support For Vouchers Is Rising

by Paul E. Petersonvia EducationNext
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The just released PDK survey of U. S. adults reveals an upward shift in public support for vouchers of 12 percentage points over the past four years, with 8 of those percentage points gained since 2015. Meanwhile, voucher opposition fell by 18 percentage points over this same four-year time...

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Dare to Discipline (Again)

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The previous administration held that discipline amounted to discrimination. The new education secretary should reject this claim—if not in the name of common sense, then in the name of student achievement. 


German-Style Apprenticeships Simply Can’t Be Replicated

by Eric Hanushekvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Half of young Germans enter vocational training, and the rigid labor market relies on certification.

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Inapplicable Insights

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Linda Darling-Hammond, smart as she is, doubtless has many fresh thoughts and insights. In her new book series on “empowered educators,” however, after bringing in a sizable body of information on how other countries go about it, she and a number of colleagues recycle many of their sturdiest old thoughts and insights. Subtitled “how high-performing systems shape teaching quality around the world,” they—under the aegis of a Stanford policy center and Marc Tucker’s National Center on Education and the Economy—describe in depth (via a 280-page overview treatise and multiple supplemental volumes) “how seven international educational systems create a coherent set of policies designed to ensure quality teaching in all communities.”


Michael Petrilli: Charters And Vouchers: Two Peas In A Pod

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses how to win charter supporters over to the cause of school vouchers.

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Use Your Words—And Your Ideas

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

Arguments over education have divided America. Here’s how reformers can swap acrimony for action.

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A Chance for Choice

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

By appointing Betsy DeVos education secretary, President Trump shows he’s listening to parents. 

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“The Core of a Just Society”

by Carolyn Phenicie featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

Hoover fellow Condoleezza Rice calls for the transformation of our schools.

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How To Improve New Jersey’s Flawed School Accountability Plan

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Trentonian
Monday, April 3, 2017

New Jersey’s proposed plan to hold schools accountable for strong student outcomes fails to meet the educational needs of high achievers—especially those growing up in poverty.

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Area 45: Education Reform

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr., Bill Whalenvia Area 45
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Education reform, the civil rights issue of our time?


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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