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Universities Which 'No-Platform' Controversial Speakers Will Face Government Intervention

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia The Telegraph
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Universities which “no-platform” controversial speakers will face a Government intervention for the first time in 30 years, the higher education minister will say today.


Michael Petrilli: Most Parents Still Live In Lake Wobegon

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses better ways to communicate students’ academic progress (or lack thereof) to parents.

Analysis and Commentary

Teacher Strikes, Teacher Pay, And Teacher Status

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It’s hard not to sympathize with the striking teachers in several states. They’re not very well paid, inflation is creeping up, a lot of classrooms are crowded with kids and lacking in textbooks and supplies, and a number of state and local budgets for school operations are extremely tight and sometimes declining.

Analysis and Commentary

Test-Based Accountability Deserves To Be Assessed Against A Valid Hypothesis, Not A Straw Man

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Last month I published a five-part critique of a recent AEI paper by Collin Hitt, Michael McShane, and Patrick Wolf that looked at the connection (or lack thereof) between test scores and long-term outcomes in school choice programs. 

In the News

Teacher Walkouts Come With Stagnant Test Scores, Most Students Below Proficiency

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The Washington Times
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Arizona teachers shut down schools for fourth day.

Analysis and Commentary

We Should Irrigate Charter School Deserts. Here's How.

by Michael J. Petrilli, Amber M. Northernvia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Monday, April 30, 2018

According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2016–17 was one of the slowest-growth years for charter schools in recent memory. Whereas the Race to the Top era usually saw an annual net gain of 360–380 more charters, by 2016–17 that increase dropped to roughly 120.

Analysis and Commentary

Effects Of Refugee Students On Non-Refugee Students

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, April 30, 2018

After a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, thousands of Haitians moved to the U.S. and enrolled their children in school here. David Figlio, Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his research on the impact these Haitian refugee students had on the non-refugee students who were already attending those schools.

In the News

What ‘A Nation At Risk’ Got Wrong, And Right, About U.S. Schools

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia WAMU 88.5
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Very few government reports have had the staying power of “A Nation At Risk,” which appeared 35 years ago this month and stoked widespread concerns about the quality of American schools.

In the News

Monthly QuotED: NAEP, Teacher Strikes, And ‘A Nation At Risk’ — 8 Notable Quotes That Made News In April

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The 74 Million
Friday, April 27, 2018

“This has been education’s lost decade.” —Michael Petrilli, president of the reform-oriented Thomas B. Fordham Institute, on the trend of flat progress on the nation’s NAEP scores. 

In the News

The Tax Benefits For Education Don’t Increase Education

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Brookings Institution
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tax season ended last week. Taxpayers have filed for over $30 billion in credits and deductions for college expenses they paid in 2017.


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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