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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

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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.

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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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Terry Moe: The Future Of Education Reform And Its Politics | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Terry M. Moevia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Terry Moe Discusses The Future Of Education Reform And Its Politics.

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Eric Hanushek And Margaret Raymond: COVID-19 And Schools | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Eric Hanushek, Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Podcasts
Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Hoover Institution Fellows Eric Hanushek And Margaret Raymond discuss COVID-19 And Schools.

Analysis and Commentary

When It Comes To Catching Kids Up, Let’s Stop With The Generalities

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

It’s an experience common to every writer in the world: the sinking feeling when you realize that the provocative headline your editor has placed atop your carefully-wrought piece is sure to send an angry mob in your (virtual) direction. 

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Study: Tough Teachers Get Better Results From Students

cited Michael J. Petrillivia Education Dive
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A Fordham analysis of grading standards set by Algebra I teachers shows high expectations have long-term impacts and benefit all types of students.

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The Diploma Dilemma

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

How to realize the potential of today’s students and strengthen our country’s economic and social vitality in the decades to come.

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“The Integrity Of The High School Diploma Is At-Risk”—Hoover Education Success Initiative Releases Policy Briefing Exploring America’s “Diploma Dilemma”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

With state legislative sessions in full swing across the country, the Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI), a newly formed research program at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, has released “The Diploma Dilemma”—a policy brief that details how high school graduation rates continue to rise even as overall academic and career skill attainment remain flat.

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The Education Exchange: How To Increase Stagnant Teacher Salaries

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Eric Hanushekvia The Education Exchange
Monday, February 10, 2020

The Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education at the Hoover Institution, Eric Hanushek, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new paper by Hanushek that offers guidelines for states and local governments on how to raise teacher pay in a way that best supports improved student achievement.

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