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Michael Petrilli: Teacher Strikes, Democrats, And Ed Reform

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what teacher strikes and Democratic presidential candidates’ support for them mean for education reform.


Education Freedom (Not) In The Free State

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

I’ve lived in Maryland for more than four decades now and in recent years have been honored to serve on the state board of education and the statewide Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (a.k.a. Kirwan Commission). Certainly there are bright spots in this state’s K–12 system—some great schools, many fine teachers, forward-looking leaders, and more. 

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The Hidden Costs Of The LA Teachers Strike

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Unions are monopolists that work against the public good.


The Progressive Race To The Bottom

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Abolishing ICE, offering ‘free’ college to all, raising taxes to 70 percent. ... Will the somnolent GOP take notice?


Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris’s Minimum Wage And Education Policies Will Reduce Economic Opportunities

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

US senator Kamala Harris, who announced her candidacy for president last week, immediately moves to the top of the Democratic party’s list for the 2020 election.

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UC National Center For Free Speech And Civic Engagement Taps Leading Scholars To Help Drive Vision, Development

mentioning John Villasenorvia University of California
Monday, January 28, 2019

Leading University of California scholars in a variety of fields – ranging from religious studies and law to medicine and philosophy – have been named to the inaugural academic advisory board of the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

In the News

Measuring Economic Diversity At Colleges Is Harder Than You Think

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Forbes
Monday, January 28, 2019

Economic diversity at America’s colleges and universities is a hot issue these days. The U.S. News College Rankings recently updated its methodology to measure how well institutions are serving low-income students. Six Democratic senators complained the changes didn’t go far enough and demanded the inclusion of an “exclusive metric assessing the access a college…provides to historically underrepresented students.” 

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The Education Exchange: Remembering Nathan Glazer

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, January 28, 2019

Nathan Glazer, urban sociologist and scholar of ethnicity, race and education, died recently at the age of 95. On this episode, Peter Skerry, Professor of Political Science at Boston College, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Glazer’s work and the ideas he wrestled with.

Analysis and Commentary

Bad Ideas Are Born In Bad Universities

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, January 28, 2019

In 1726 Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels gave us a brilliant satire of the folly of research divorced from common sense, practicality, and reality. When Gulliver visits the Grand Academy of Lagado, he finds “Projectors” busy with research projects like extracting sunbeams from cucumbers, building houses from the roof down, and converting excrement back to food.

In the News

Why Colleges May Be Chasing The Wrong Numbers To Enroll More Low-Income Students

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia The Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday, January 25, 2019

A new report by a pair of researchers known for their work on low-income students suggests colleges are thinking about serving that group in the wrong way. The findings — from Caroline M. Hoxby, a professor of economics at Stanford University, and Sarah Turner, a professor of economics at the University of Virginia — come at a time when colleges, especially elite ones, have faced increasing public pressure to admit more low-income students.


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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