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Kids Who Had Been “Left Behind” Are Doing Much Better Today Than 25 Years Ago. But What About The Middle Class?

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Friday, September 6, 2019

This summer, I’ve made this case: 1. Student outcomes rose significantly for the lowest-performing students and students of color from the late-1990s until the Great Recession—especially in reading and math, but in other academic subjects, too. There’s also been big recent improvement in the high school graduation rate for these groups.


Victor Davis Hanson: The Failed Cult Of The American University

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "From Icon to Just a Con."


Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: Trends In Public Opinion On Choice, Testing, And Teacher Salaries

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the results of Ed Next’s annual survey of public opinion.

Proposition 13 Revisited: Is California Looking At Howard’s (Jarvis) End In 2020?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Here are three clichés that surface in California policy discussions:

Cliché no. 1: The notion of the Golden State as a “nation-state.” It’s a valid descriptor given that California has a population (nearly 40 million residents) that’s larger than all but 35 countries (California would fall between Sudan and Iraq), the fifth largest economy in the world (ahead of India’s and behind Germany’s), plus remarkable diversity (92 languages other than English are spoken in the Los Angeles public school system).

In the News

'No Zero' Policy At Maryland School Draws Scrutiny

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Fox 5
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A Montgomery County high school has created its own grading policy, telling teachers they can no longer give students a grade of “zero” even if the student doesn’t do any work.

Analysis and Commentary

In Most Elementary Classrooms, Kids Are All Over The Map Academically. Here’s How Two Schools Cope.

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Almost a decade ago, I wrote that “the greatest challenge facing America’s schools today [is] the enormous variation in the academic level of students coming into any given classroom.” Unlike plenty of what I’ve said over the years, this one has stood the test of time.

In the News

Expert Predicts Up To 25 Percent Of American Colleges Will Close In Next Two Decades

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Legal Insurrection
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

“They’re going to close, they’re going to merge, some will declare some form of bankruptcy to reinvent themselves. It’s going to be brutal across American higher education.”

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
Analysis and Commentary

Why Aren’t The Presidents Of America’s Leading Universities Publicly Supporting The Quest Of Hong Kong Students For Democracy And Freedom?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Almost every leading university in America has a center for the study of democracy and encourages its students to help build democracy around the world. But why haven’t the leaders of these same universities signed and published a letter supporting the students in their quest for freedom and democracy against repressive rule from China?

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Are The Benefits Of A College Education Dwindling?

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Robert G. Valletta, Group Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss whether the earning power of college graduates have flatlined in relation to those without a college degree.

Young Adults
In the News

Can They Ever Catch Up?

quoting Lee Ohanianvia Stanford Magazine
Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Great Recession set millennials back. A decade later, they haven’t recovered. Here’s what’s going on.


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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