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featuring Eric Hanushek, Margaret (Macke) Raymond, Russell Roberts, Paul E. Peterson, Chester E. Finn Jr., Tom Churchvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Education policy is complicated in the United States because of our federalist system. The federal government’s role in education is more advisory than operational. It provides a lot of guidance on the standards and goals for students, but allows states and local governments the flexibility to achieve them with varying methods. The federal government is in a position to know what we need in order to be competitive internationally. It can also be valuable in compensating students who need extra help. 

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Discrimination and the Ivory Tower

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Supreme Court may finally get to clean up the mess that race-based admissions have created at our universities.

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“End of History” Lessons

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The big education battles seem to have settled down, but history suggests they won’t stay settled. It’s time to consolidate gains and push the next wave of education ideas.

In the News

Teacher Raises Will Pay For Themselves

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Post Bulletin
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris of California wants to increase teachers’ pay nationwide to the level enjoyed by other college-educated workers — and her proposal would give a typical educator a $13,500 raise. She suggests covering the $30-billion-a-year price tag by increasing the estate tax and closing some loopholes benefiting the top 1 percent of taxpayers.

Perspectives on PolicyFeatured

Improving Educational Outcomes Through Innovation

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

While there are many reasons why public education performs poorly in the United States, the overriding cause is that it operates as a monopolistic system. Education is one area where improvement is genuinely in all of our interests. Public education can be improved through expanding the supply of schools, empowering parents, and diversifying within the existing monopoly.

In the News

The Socioeconomic Achievement Gap Hasn’t Budged In Half A Century. Now What?

featuring Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia AEI
Monday, April 22, 2019

For over half a century, Americans have relied on public schooling as the nation’s core strategy for promoting social and economic mobility across generations, giving every child a fair start regardless of family income and zip code. But a groundbreaking new study has found that despite enormous public investment — now at over $700 billion annually — achievement gaps between wealthier and poorer children have remained unchanged over the past 50 years.

Analysis and Commentary

Aspen’s Newest Social-Emotional Learning Offering Gives Cause for Pause

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Frederick M. Hessvia EducationNext
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Having recently unburdened ourselves of seven large gobbets of advice for the champions of today’s surging interest in Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), we intend occasionally to point to developments that strike us as problematic or promising. Our goal isn’t to point fingers—though that can be kind of fun.


Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: Will Charter Opposition Come For D.C.?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the politics of Washington’s ed reform scene.
Analysis and Commentary

Rate My Professors As Evidence For Education Signaling

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Often, when I get curious about an economist I hear about or who asks me to friend him (I’ll use “him” to stand for “him/her”) on Facebook, I do a Google search and his ratings on “Rate My Professor” show up. So I often go to the ratings to see what students say. I know I’m getting a biased sample for which the particular biases are unknown but, still, it’s some information.

In the News

Colleges Have Been Under Pressure To Admit Needier Kids. It’s Backfiring.

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Milbank Monitor
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pressure has been building on colleges to stop chasing the same small subset of privileged, highly test-prepped applicants and start admitting needier kids. But suggests that the particular form this pressure has taken — including popular rankings based on Pell enrollment — has been at least partly backfiring.


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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