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Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: Parents’ Role In School Improvement

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli offers advice on how parents can play a role in improving their kids’ schools.

Analysis and Commentary

How Personalized Learning Enthusiasts Can Ensure They Aren’t Lowering The Bar For The Kids Who Are Behind

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Last week I argued that one of the greatest challenges facing elementary educators is the vast gulf in readiness levels between their high- and low-achieving students. Some kids enter first grade ready for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, if not Harry Potter, while others are still sounding out their letters. We looked at how two very different school models—Rocketship and Wildflower—cope.

In the News

ISU In-line With National Trend Of Rising Tuition

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia The Bengal (Idaho State University)
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rising tuition increases are nothing new, and with the student debt crisis recently reaching 1.5 trillion dollars, most every student can feel the pressure of paying tuition now and paying it off later.


Public Support Grows For Higher Teacher Pay And Expanded School Choice

Friday, September 13, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Public Support Grows for Higher Teacher Pay and Expanded School Choice" on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST.

In the News

What We Are Reading Today: Learning In The Fast Lane

featuring Chester E. Finn Jr.via Arab News
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Advanced Placement program stands as the foremost source of college-level academics for millions of high school students in the US and beyond. More than 22,000 schools now participate in it, across nearly forty subjects, from Latin and art to calculus and computer science. Yet remarkably little has been known about how this nongovernmental program became one of the greatest success stories in K–12 education — until now.


Economics 1: Now More Important Than Ever

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Monday, September 9, 2019

Two weeks from today, I start teaching Economics 1, Stanford’s introductory economics course, and the namesake of this blog and my twitter account.   I am looking forward to it, and for the same three reasons that I gave years ago when I started teaching the course: (1) “I love to teach.” (2) “I love to do economic research” and teaching is “a natural extension of research.” (3) “I love economic policy—the application of economics to government as well as to decision-making in business.”

In the News

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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In the News

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.


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.

CREDO at Stanford University