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Analysis and Commentary

Is Differentiated Instruction a Hollow Promise?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Terry Moe on the John Batchelor Show

with Terry M. Moevia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Teachers versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them

by Michael Henderson, Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. Westvia Brookings Institution Press
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A comprehensive exploration of 21st Century school politics, Teachers versus the Public offers the first comparison of the education policy views of both teachers and the public as a whole, and reveals a deep, broad divide between the opinions held by citizens and those who teach in the public schools.

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Has Ed Reform Failed?

by Terry M. Moevia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Real change won’t come until we strip teachers unions of their power.

Analysis and Commentary

Violence Erupts When You Tolerate Antisemitism

by Charles Smallvia Daily Beast
Friday, April 18, 2014
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Analysis and Commentary

The Opt-Out Outrage

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, April 14, 2014
In the News

Obama Touts $107M High School Career Connection Program

with Eric Hanushekvia Washington Times
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

America, the Land of Workarounds

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Politico
Monday, April 7, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

The Two Tracks of School Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia National Review Online
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Standards-based testing and school choice go together.


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; that include systematic reform options such as vouchers, charter schools, and testing; and that weigh equity concerns against outcome objectives.

Its collaborative efforts spawned a quarterly journal titled Education Next, one of the premier publications on public education research policy in the nation.

Chester E. Finn, Jr. serves as chair of the Task Force on K–12 education.