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When A Venture Capitalist Enters California’s Political Matrix: Innovation Meets The Status Quo

by Tim Drapervia Eureka
Monday, October 22, 2018

I wonder if we still have a democracy in California.

Analysis and Commentary

The Concern About Subgroups In ESSA Accountability Systems May Be Overblown

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, October 19, 2018

A recent analysis by uber-wonk Anne Hyslop and her colleagues at the Alliance for Excellent Education adds to a long list of reports expressing concern that many states’ accountability systems are turning a blind eye to the performance of disadvantaged students and students of color. The analysis finds that, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, “Many states fail to include student subgroups meaningfully across two of the law’s most important accountability provisions: (1) school ratings and (2) the definitions used to identify schools for targeted support and improvement.”

Analysis and Commentary

From Report Cards To Parent-Teacher Conferences, Schools Must Do A Better Job Of Telling Families How Their Kids Are Doing

by Michael J. Petrillivia The 74 Million
Friday, October 19, 2018

“Parental engagement” is one of those self-evidently appealing ideas for improving education. Who doesn’t want to engage parents? What child isn’t well served by more of it? Yet doing it well is hard, because it means shooting straight with parents about how their daughters and sons are performing, and committing to making hard changes and expending real resources to help those children do better. It’s not a program. It’s a promise: to be honest and do right by all kids.


Three Considerations, With Less Than Three Weeks Until Election Day

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, October 18, 2018

We’re now within three weeks of Election Day. Here are three plot lines to ponder as we head closer to the first referendum on the Trump Era.

In the News

Why We Don’t Learn Much From (The Few) Effective Education Policies Or Programs

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia New Boston Post
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

On the face of it, it would seem reasonable to believe that education policy makers could learn much from successful policies and programs. But they often don’t. Here are two relatively clear examples of policy makers failing to learn from effective policies/programs. In both cases, the policy makers were the members of a state board of education. One is from California, the other from Massachusetts. Both sets of policies or programs were known to state policy makers at the time that the Common Core standards in mathematics and English language arts were being developed.


Michael Petrilli: School Choice For English Language Learners

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the relationship between English language learners and school choice.

In the News

The Best Sentence I Read Today….

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia AEIdeas
Monday, October 15, 2018

… is from Richard Epstein’s August 6, 2018 article for the Hoover Institution “Harvard Asian Exclusion.

Jerzy Wiatr (right) with Wojciech Jaruzelski in the Polish parliament next to a bust of Ignacy Daszyński, Polish socialist politician, Warsaw, 1994
In the News

The Papers Of Jerzy Józef Wiatr, Polish Social Scientist And Politician, Added To The Hoover Archives

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hoover has received the first tranche of papers of Jerzy Józef Wiatr, Polish sociologist and political scientist, an advisor to General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Communist Poland’s head of state.  Professor Wiatr was one of the chief ideologues of the ruling Polish United Workers’ Party during the 1980s, the final decade of its existence. 

In the News

Racial Science, Domestic Reform, And Japanese Immigrants In Territorial-Era Hawaii

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

In the early 20th century, Hawai‘i became a dynamic site of encounters between US settler colonizers and Japanese immigrant laborers. With the rise of the plantation economy, the white plantation oligarchs deployed various means of discipline vis-à-vis Japanese immigrants, regulating their health, nutrition, and sanitation to ensure the availability of a reliable labor force.

In the News

What Hillsdale Can Teach Harvard

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 15, 2018

On Monday in federal court, Harvard denied charges that it discriminates against Asian-Americans in the same way it once discriminated against Jews. Race, its lawyer insisted, was just one of many factors considered, and it could only help an applicant’s chances of admission, not hurt them.


K-12 Education Task Force

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