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Better Pay, Better Teachers

by Eric Hanushekvia PolicyEd
Monday, October 12, 2020

Improving public education requires significantly enhancing teacher salaries, but also tilting compensation toward the most effective teachers.

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The Federal Role In Education

interview with James Blew, Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Assistant Secretary James Blew and Eric Hanushek discussed The Federal Role in Education on Capital Conversations.

Analysis and Commentary

Teaching Race And Ethnic Relations: 1975 Vs. 2020

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

On August 17, 2020, California’s Governor Newsom signed into law a requirement that every student enrolled in any of the 23 California State University Campuses take a course on ethnic studies as a graduation requirement. Options include courses on Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina and Latino Americans.

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Condoleezza Rice And Eric Hanushek: Education In The Time Of COVID-19

interview with Condoleezza Rice, Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Videos
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Hoover Institution fellows Condoleezza Rice and Eric Hanushek discuss meeting the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to the future of our worldwide education infrastructure.

Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools

Ed Next Book Club: Terry Moe’s Special Interest

interview with Terry M. Moevia Ed Next Book Club – Education Next
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe discusses unions and his book Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools

Analysis and Commentary

Pity The History Teachers

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

As the start of the school year rushes toward us, millions of teachers across America are girding themselves for their new role as “essential workers” during a persistent pandemic, looking ahead with trepidation to teaching while wearing masks, behind Plexiglas, and to students who will have been out of the classroom for six months or more.

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Teachers Unions In The Post-Janus World

quoting Terry M. Moevia Education Next
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

As school-district officials weigh whether and how to reopen schools this fall during the continuing threat from Covid-19, negotiations with teachers unions will pose a key challenge. Unions at the local level have already shaped districts’ remote-learning strategies during the shutdown, pushing back in some places against what they see as unfair demands on teachers trying to deliver instruction via videoconferencing. 

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An Economist Looks at 90: Tom Sowell on Charter Schools and Their Enemies

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 2, 2020


The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen or so we’ve conducted with Dr. Sowell over the years), we delve into his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemies, a sobering look at the academic success of charter schools in New York City, and the fierce battles waged by teachers unions and progressive politicians to curtail them.


Why Grades Matter

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A tenth-grader I happen to know pretty well takes her school grades seriously and derives satisfaction and pride from good ones (which, I might add, she routinely seems to get). This spring was hard for her—no fun for a teenager to be home with mom and dad all day, no contact with friends except on screens, and none of the face-to-face classroom interaction with teachers and fellow students that she adores. 

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Focus On Teaching, Not Just Masks And Hand-Sanitizer

by Eric Hanushekvia EducationNext
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Education discussions today have a time horizon of three months. In the fall, will we mix at-home with in-school? Does everybody have a digital hookup? Should we have police in schools? As important as these issues are, they have the unfortunate effect of pushing aside more fundamental issues that could have much greater impact. This twin crisis of Covid-19 and of societal recognition of deep-seated inequities must be directed toward essential school improvement.


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