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In the News

Is Common Core No More?

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Politifact
Monday, February 29, 2016

President Barack Obama signed sweeping education reform into law in December that gives states more freedom to develop their own K-12 education standards.

In the News

Feds Limit Intrusion Into Classrooms

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Forsyth Herald
Thursday, January 21, 2016

The national push away from mandatory assessments and the diminished role federal government in the classroom could signal a return to more local control of public schools.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
In the News

Union Dues Blues

quoting Terry M. Moevia City Journal
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Government labor groups have a customer-satisfaction problem.

In the News

Friedrichs Won’t End Unions, But It Will Protect Workers’ Rights

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Inside Sources
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important First Amendment case brought by Rebecca Friedrichs, a California school teacher challenging her state’s law that requires every teacher in most public schools to pay fees to the teachers’ union—or be fired.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December

Petrilli On The Hal Ginsberg Morning Show (56:40)

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Hal Ginsberg Morning Show
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and the status of public unions and agency fees.

In the News

What To Expect From New Education Chief John King

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Marketplace
Monday, January 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has a new boss, albeit a temporary one. With the new year, John King, Jr. became Acting U.S. Secretary of Education, after the departure of Arne Duncan. King is a former education commissioner of New York State, and more recently Duncan’s second-in-command.

Fall Retreat 2015

Podcasts From Hoover's Fall 2015 Retreat Now Available Online

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Hoover Institution held its annual fall retreat during October 19 and 20, 2015. It offered presentations by Hoover fellows on a wide range of public policy issues, from US and world history to foreign policy to education and health care and the economic challenges of the future. Below is a selection of podcasts from the conference.

In the News

Report Card: Gains In D.C., Shaky Numbers In Maryland, No Change In Virginia

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia American University Radio
Thursday, October 29, 2015

The National Assessment of Educational Progress tests students in fourth and eighth grades in both math and reading, and the most recent test showed that scores in Maryland fell, while D.C. emerged as one of the few bright spots nationwide.

Analysis and Commentary

Heartbreak On NAEP

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Unfortunately, the rumors, predictions, and surmises were correct: Scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are mostly down or flat. The worst news came in eighth-grade math, where twenty-two states saw declines. One of the only bright spots is fourth-grade reading, where ten states (as well as Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland) posted gains.

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In the News

Math Test Scores Down For The First Time In 25 Years

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia USA Today
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
For 25 years, through four presidential administrations, U.S. schools could rely on one small truth: Math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP test, always went up. Not this year.


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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