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The Basic Economics Of The SCI

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Medium
Monday, September 9, 2019

After reading Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics this summer, I found a reason to feel confident that the Student Choice Initiative (SCI) poses some benefits despite its shortcomings. I am no economics major; however, the incentives the SCI creates for students’ unions might serve to be a major benefit.

Analysis and Commentary

The “Left Behind” Kids Made Incredible Progress From The Late 1990s Until The Great Recession. Here Are Key Lessons For Ed Reform.

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Monday, September 9, 2019

This summer, I’ve been trying to make sense of the sizable gains made by America’s lowest-performing students and kids of color that coincided with the peak of the modern education reform movement. Today, I wrap up the series by offering some personal reflections on what we’ve learned. But first, let’s recap the facts and acknowledge the vast amount of ground yet to cover.

Analysis and Commentary

Checking In On School Reforms In New Orleans

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, September 9, 2019

Doug Harris, Professor and Department Chair of Economics at Tulane University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new study, “How is New Orleans School Performance Evolving, and Why?,” co-authored with Lihan Liu, Alica Gerry, and Paula Arce-Trigatti, and how school choice and performance-based contracting have fared after 15 years.

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If Not Snapchat, What? A Guide To Stanford's Non-Tech Fiefdoms

mentioning Hoover Institution, Michael McFaul, Condoleezza Ricevia New York Magazine
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stanford (as we explored earlier this week) has become as much a tech incubator as a university — a four-year finishing school for the elite of Silicon Valley. But, of course, there are more worlds than the tech industry, and more reasons than “tech wealth” that the university is consistently named the No. 1 “dream college” for both parents and students. Many paths to fame, fortune, and power run through Stanford — here are just a few.


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.


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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