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Ready, Set, Diverge

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

The journey to college or career should start much earlier than the final years of high school—and include a realistic appraisal of students’ skills and interests.

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The Libertarian: Teacher Unions, Strikes, And Public Education

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, January 24, 2019

What the Los Angeles strike tells us about labor’s influence on education policy.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
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LA Teachers Strike To Preserve Their Ruinous Monopoly

by Lee Ohanian quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Hill
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Last week, 31,000 Los Angeles Unified School District teachers represented by the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union went on strike for the first time in 30 years.

Analysis and Commentary

Deconstructing Teacher Turnover

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, January 3, 2019

During the news lull between Christmas and New Years, the Wall Street Journal published an alarmist piece about the high rate of teachers and other public educators quitting their jobs. Reporters Michelle Hackman and Erick Morath examined Labor Department data on employee turnover during the first ten months of 2018 and found that educators were exiting at the rate of 83 per 10,000 per month, which would work out to almost one in ten over the course of a full year.

Analysis and Commentary

The Way To Improve Educational Practice At Scale Is To Invest In R&D

by Michael J. Petrillivia Ed Excellence
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Last week, I argued that the education-policy field has reached a state of homeostasis, “characterized by clearer and fairer but lighter touch accountability systems; the incremental growth of school choice options for families; but no appetite for big and bold new initiatives.” 

Analysis and Commentary

Empowering Teachers Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You’ve seen plenty of comments and speculations on what last week’s election means for K–12 education (or will mean if they ever finish counting the ballots and filing lawsuits.) But not until this week did you see the conclusion by my friend Jay Mathews that education should be left to the teachers and the politicians should butt out.

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Teachers Need Sympathy—and Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Teaching can be a tough, poorly paid job. But teachers need to recognize that respect must be earned, and that their unions are doing them no favors.

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Michael Petrilli: The Consequences Of Grade Inflation

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Choice Media
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses high school grade inflation.
Interviews

Lee Ohanian: California Democratic Party Battles A Common Sense Democratic Superintendent Of School Instruction

interview with Lee Ohanianvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lee Ohanian discusses his California on Your Mind article "David Versus Goliath: A School Reformer Takes On The Democratic Party And Unions."

Analysis and Commentary

Point Of View: Oklahoma’s Math Standards Don’t Make The Grade

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia News OK
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In spring 2016, Oklahoma adopted new math and English language arts (ELA) standards after making the decision drop the Common Core. In doing so, it was well within its rights. But Oklahoma also has a responsibility to make sure its standards are strong, clear and rigorous. For ELA, the state has accomplished this. But for math, it fell short.

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