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Analysis and Commentary

Judging Charter Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, March 30, 2005

There is no dispute about the charter school movement's growth to 3,300 schools enrolling close to a million children.

Analysis and Commentary

The Burden of Law

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, March 2, 2005

schools today are being strangled by a ton of laws, regulations, contracts, mandates, and rules.

Analysis and Commentary

The Blind Men and the High School

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, February 2, 2005

U.S. high school education remains sorely afflicted, both by sky-high dropout rates and by weak academic achievement among those who do finish.

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Power to the Parents

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

President Bush should empower parents by giving them a say over where—and how and from whom—their children learn. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

Analysis and Commentary

School Performance Matters

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The performance of students in the United States has remained consistent over the past three decades—dismal.

MONKEY BUSINESS: Evolution and Intelligent Design

with Massimo Pigliucci, Jonathan Wellsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 14, 2005

In October 2004, the school board in the small town of Dover, Pennsylvania, ordered its high school biology teachers to preface classes on evolution with the statement: "Darwin's Theory is a theory not a fact. Gaps in the theory exist for which there is no evidence." As an alternative to evolution, the school board suggested "intelligent design," a theory holding that life on earth could not have developed at random. Are there gaps in the theory of evolution that undermine its credibility? What should we make of "intelligent design"? And just what should we be teaching our children about the development of life on earth? Peter Robinson speaks with Massimo Pigliucci and Jonathan Wells.

MAKING THE GRADE: The No Child Left Behind Act

with John E. Chubb, Martin Carnoyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 14, 2005

In 2001, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan effort to mandate national education standards and increase federal funding of education. At the time, critics on both sides of the political spectrum were troubled by the expansion of federal power over education that the act represented and by the education standards the act mandated. Now, nearly half a decade later, has No Child Left Behind been a success? If not, how should it be reformed? Peter Robinson speaks with John E. Chubb and Martin Carnoy.

Analysis and Commentary

America Needs Innovation

by Paul T. Hillvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, January 12, 2005

We really don't know how to educate millions of children whose preschool preparation and home supports are far different from the American middle-class norm.

Why Not Put Schools to the Test?

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

The best way to find out what’s wrong with America’s schools? Test them. By Bill Evers and Herbert J. Walberg.

Good Public Schools ... for the Rich

by Clint Bolickvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 2004

School choice is already available—unless you’re poor. By Clint Bolick.


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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