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Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: The Benefits Of Having A Same-Race Teacher

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the following research "Student-Teacher Race Match in Charter and Traditional Public Schools."

 

Analysis and Commentary

Beating The Drum For Charter Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Sarah Tantillo is an accomplished teacher, author, and battle-scarred veteran of the charter-school wars, particularly in New Jersey, where she taught for years at acclaimed North Star Academy and led the state charter school association. Now she has published a first-rate account of and tribute to “how the charter school idea became a national movement.” Titled Hit the Drum, it’s worth the while of everyone who wants a deeper understanding of how charters were born and grew—and prefers to read a brisk, readable, engaging account.

Analysis and Commentary

Teacher Diversity Is Yet Another Area Where Charter Schools Excel

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

As conservatives working in education, we find ourselves drawn to Chief Justice Roberts’s observation that “it is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.” And along with Dr. King, we want to believe in a world where everyone is judged by the content of their character, not the color of the skin. As such, we tend to think that teachers should be hired based on the quality of their instruction and their fit with a school’s mission—not their race or ethnicity. So we’ve been skeptical, even uncomfortable, about efforts to “match” students and teachers based on their race.

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The Education-Health Care Perplex

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

As I observe health care rise to the top of the policy debates foreshadowing the 2020 election—seems to be second only to Donald Trump among the twenty-three Democrats now seeking the Oval Office—as K–12 education sinks lower on the policy horizon (such that several observers declare ed-reform a thing of the past), I’m struck by how much these two vast and troubled domains have in common, as do efforts to change them.

Interviews

Russ Roberts On Life As An Economics Educator

interview with Russell Robertsvia Medium
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Russ Roberts examines where classical liberalism has gone wrong, if dropping out of college is overrated, and what people are missing from the Bible.

In the News

What Economists Think About Democrats' New Education Proposals

quoting Eric Hanushekvia NPR
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates have been watching a historic wave of teacher strikes and protests sweeping the nation — and they want to give teachers a raise. Kamala Harris wants to spend $315 billion over 10 years to increase the annual salary of an average teacher by $13,500. Joe Biden wants to triple spending on a federal program for low-income schools and use much of those funds for "competitive salaries." And Bernie Sanders wants to work with states to set a minimum $60,000 starting salary for the nation's teachers.

In the News

Does Money Matter In Education?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Hill
Monday, June 3, 2019

Fights over the role money plays in K-12 education continue across the country, with states like Kansas embroiled in a 9-year lawsuit over education funding and Texas overhauling its school finance system just last month. Moving forward, these discussions should be informed by a new landmark paper from leading education scholar Eric Hanushek. The study analyzes performance data from over 2.7 million students and finds that the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged U.S. students has remained unchanged for nearly 50 years.

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Empowering Students Through School Choice, With Betsy DeVos

interview with Betsy DeVosvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, June 3, 2019

The 11th US secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, talks about how she’s empowering students and parents to find the best education through her school choice proposal.

In the News

Charter School Promoters Criticize and Complain About Charter Schools While Pushing For More Charter Schools

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via Dissident Voice
Saturday, June 1, 2019

The narrow aim of maximizing profit as fast as possible compels owners of capital to say and do whatever they have to to get richer, no matter how irrational and contradictory, and no matter the cost to society and the environment. Such an aim is irresponsible and outdated, and needs to be replaced by a human-centered aim that recognizes the need for a modern economy controlled by the working class and people themselves.

In the News

California’s Education Funding Perpetuates Racial And Poverty Divide

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Mercury News
Friday, May 31, 2019

Education is the great equalizer, yet its inequitable distribution of money and resources is horrific. The way schools are funded in California perpetuates a racial and poverty divide. As a beginning teacher at Santa Clara County’s Juvenile Hall, I was taken aback by the fact that 70 percent of incarcerated youth read at three or more years below grade level. Most of my students could not read a typical restaurant menu, let alone a novel.

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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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