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It’s Racial Indoctrination Day At An Upscale Chicagoland School

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 17, 2017

As administrators foist ‘social justice’ on 4,000 suburban students, parents plead for balance.

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Grading on an Invisible Curve

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Evidence, not habit, should guide how we develop the best schools. Why is evidence so scarce? 

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The Schools We Deserve

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 27, 2017

Old-style local control of public schools is fading—except, that is, in charter schools. 


Trump’s Education Pick: A Win For Public-School Parents

by Paul E. Petersonvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, December 12, 2016

School choice might be the answer for parents who want more for their kids.

Policy Seminar with Arthur Brooks

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), gave a talk on “Bringing America Back Together.” He started by arguing that the degree of polarization in America has reached unprecedented proportions. He suggested that institutions such as Hoover and AEI have an intellectual and moral responsibility to advocate the ideas on which they were formed. He believed that if such ideas were applied, the broad-based economic growth that would follow would take America away from the polarized situation it finds itself in right now. 

Analysis and Commentary

Elizabeth Warren, The Prisoner Of ‘Powerful Interests’

by Michael J. Petrillivia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Massachusetts liberal rails against money in politics—so she should pay back union help.

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School of Hard Knocks

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via Hoover Digest
Friday, October 21, 2016

For a quarter of a century now, charter schools have been trying to provide “disruptive innovation.” A summary of what we’ve learned. 

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One Brainchild Left Behind

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 21, 2016

The federal drive for school reform has ground to a halt. Now the long struggle is back in the hands of states and communities. 

Analysis and Commentary

How Charter School Boards Affect School Quality

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A new Fordham Institute study, Charter School Boards in the Nation's Capital, asks a simple but largely uninvestigated question: Do the characteristics, views, and practices of charter boards have any bearing on charter school quality?

In the News

Social Capital In Education Reform

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Daily Journal (San Mateo County)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Before our final exhale, the vast majority of us want more than anything to find comfort in knowing that we have successfully secured a better life and future for our children. Of the many ways we can work to accomplish that, ensuring that our children have access to quality education appears most reliable. 


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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