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Analysis and Commentary

The Federal Charter Schools Program: A Short, Opinionated History, Part III

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Looking at this array of subprograms and grantees, one might suppose that Uncle Sam is driving the charter bus. But look at it another way. Federal funding for CSP reached a peak of $440 million in FY 2019—and the Trump administration budgeted $500 million for FY 2020 (though at this writing House appropriators have approved just $400 milllion). 


EconTalk Host Russ Roberts On Key Economic Concepts For Founders

interview with Russell Robertsvia Y Combinator
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Russ Roberts discusses key concepts and ideas for startups.

In the News

Why We Factor Suspension Rates Into How We Identify Top Schools For Underserved Students

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via EdSource
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

If a school has strong academic results, but high suspension rates, is that a problem? We think so. That, however, is not a view that is universally shared. 

In the News

Parent Engagement In Public Schools

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Overton County News
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Public policy must enable parents and community leaders to serve their schools, districts, and community more efficiently and effectively. Parents are the most important teachers of values to their children. Children benefit when they see their parents engaged in their education.


An Accidental Revolution

featuring Terry M. Moevia City Journal
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Terry Moe explores how Hurricane Katrina prompted New Orleans to reinvent its dysfunctional school system—and why education reform is so hard to achieve.

Analysis and Commentary

The Deep-Seated Authoritarian Impulse

by David R. Hendersonvia Econlib
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

If I were a state education minister I would endeavour to make it a compulsory part of a high school curriculum for students to have at least one field excursion to see with their own eyes a mine – or for that matter an iron smelter, a big factory or an agribusiness. But ideally a mine. I wouldn’t be able to force adults to go and visit anything, but I would happily encourage anyone out there who has never been anywhere close to a coal or a metal ore mine to put it on their travel and activity “to do” list.


Bill Evers On The Randy Tobler Show Podcast

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia The Randy Tobler Show Podcast
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses his Wall Street Journal column California Wants to Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist.

Analysis and Commentary

California Shows Us How Not To Teach History

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Former President Jimmy Carter famously said, “Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread.” If that's true, then beware the California Board of Education’s newly drafted “Model Ethnic Studies Curriculum” and hope that it is not coming soon to a school near you.

In the News

Junk The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Plan

mentioning Williamson M. Eversvia Fox and Hounds Daily (CA)
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Bravo to the Los Angeles Time editorial writers for coming down against the one-sided proposal on how to teach California students “ethnic studies.” The Times editorial follows by a few days an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, which hit the proposal equally as hard.

In the News

“Free Everything” And The First Law Of Politics

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Foundation of Economic Education
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Entrepreneurs do a much better job than politicians at alleviating scarcity through efficient, value-creating production.


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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