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Charter Schools Lag, Study Finds

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Washington Post
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Fourth-graders in traditional public schools nationwide did somewhat better on average than those in charter schools in reading and mathematics in 2003, a long-awaited federal report said yesterday…

Analysis and Commentary

Charter Schools Face New Setback Amid Test Review

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Fourth-graders in traditional public schools outscore their charter-school peers on reading and math tests after adjusting for socio-economic factors, a long-delayed reanalysis of 2003 federal test results showed…

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Christian themes split UC, high schools

with Education Nextvia Orange County Register
Sunday, August 20, 2006

How much Christianity is too much for the University of California…

In the News

Administration - Legacy Politics

with George P. Shultz, Hoover Institutionvia National Journal
Saturday, August 12, 2006

Is a future George W. Bush Presidential Library and think tank poised to snag a Texas ZIP code, thousands of GOP donors, and an architect…

In the News

Federal Statistics Commissioner Questions NCES Involvement in Private vs. Public School Study

with Paul E. Petersonvia Education Week
Thursday, August 10, 2006

The commissioner of the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Education says his office should not have initiated a recent, heavily publicized study comparing the academic performance of public and private school students because the report relied on a subjective analysis that could lead outsiders to question the research center’s impartiality…

Analysis and Commentary

Money, Momentum, and the Gates Foundation

by Paul T. Hillvia Education Week
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

News stories about Warren E. Buffett’s huge donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced in June, tended to cite the foundation’s successes in international health…

Analysis and Commentary

Bill Gates, the Nation's Superintendent of Schools

by Diane Ravitchvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, July 30, 2006

Warren Buffett's gift of $31 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will double the foundation's assets, bringing it to more than $60 billion, and will increase its annual giving to nearly $3 billion…

Analysis and Commentary

A blooming possibility?

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Saturday, July 22, 2006

Can a billion dollars kill the jinx of the New York mayoralty…

Analysis and Commentary

Put to the Test

by Terry M. Moevia Stanford Magazine
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Debate about the state of U.S. public schools heated up with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001, better known as No Child Left Behind…

Analysis and Commentary

Private Performance

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Monday, July 17, 2006

Predictably, Diana Jean Schemo and the New York Times found front-page, above-the-fold space on Saturday to cover on a new National Center for Education Statistics report, drawn from 2003 National Assessment of Educational Progress data, that finds private schools only slightly more effective than public when analysts control for income, race, parent education, and such…


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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