Education Next

A quarterly scholarly journal of the Hoover Institution that explores issues relating to education policy and K-12 education reform in the United States.

Articles from Vol. 1, No. 4, Winter

A Steeper, Better Road to Graduation. (Feature)
Students learn more and their high-school diplomas become more valuable when they must pass a curriculum-based exit exam like France's Baccalaureate in order to graduate. So why isn't the United States following Europe's and East Asia's lead? PROMOTERS...
A Work in Progress: Michigan's Potent Combination of Interdistrict Choice and Charter Schooling Is Forcing Traditional Public Schools to Take Notice. Whether They Respond Is Often a Different Story. (Forum)
Between the traffic reports and familiar pop songs, drive-time radio in Lansing, Michigan's capital city, has a new feature: slickly produced advertisements for the East Lansing Public Schools. With the number of children living in East Lansing declining,...
Can't Let Go: Just a Few Years Back, School-Based Management Was the Rage in Cleveland. except That the Central Office Wasn't All That Interested in Relinquishing Control. (Forum)
IN THE MID-1990s CLEVELAND'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS teetered on the edge of collapse. Nearly $100 million dollars were questionably accounted for, and the district was on the verge of bankruptcy. The board of education was tangled in petty patronage, and the...
Correspondence
Hurrah for Houston Congratulations to Education Next for its trio of articles on the positive reforms in the Houston Independent School District, carried out in large part by Secretary of Education Rod Paige while he was the district's superintendent...
Finishing Touches: More Than a Quarter of All Public Schools in Arizona Are Now Charter Schools. Some Districts Have Lost More Than 20 Percent of Their Students to Charters. Guess Who's Concerned? (Forum)
If school vouchers bettered the educational opportunities only of children who use the vouchers to attend private schools or schools in another district, many reformers would be left holding cups half empty. For the animating theory of school choice...
Fixing Federal Research: Education Demands a First-Rate R&D Shop. the Department of Education Isn't It-Yet. (Feature)
Federal funding and direction routinely lead to research and development breakthroughs in science, medicine, and defense, among other fields. Witness the recent debate over federal funding of stem-cell research, during which supporters of stem-cell...
Her Worship: Cities Look for a Savior to Transform Their School Systems, but Lasting Reform Takes a Sustained, Community-Wide Effort. (Forum)
PERHAPS NO EVENT REPRESENTED THE TREND IN URBAN SCHOOL politics better than Harold Levy's becoming chancellor of the nation's largest school district, New York City, in May 2000. The previous chancellor, Rudy Crew, a veteran educator with experience...
Old Wine, New Bottles. (Forum)
In Baltimore, the mayor's lack of success at school reform led to a state takeover of the city's schools, In Washington, D.C., mayoral control has begun to stabilize the system. So what does this tell us about the ability of city hall to run a school...
Putting Parents First: A Cause Worth Fighting for. (Education Matters to Me)
Growing up in a middle-class family in Erie, Pennsylvania, my brother, sister, and I didn't have much in the way of luxuries. But we never lacked for love and support. Our parents did everything they could to make sure we would have more opportunities...
Rising Tide: Critics of School Choice Have Grossly Underestimated the Public School System's Ability to Respond to Competition. (Research)
THE MOST SCATHING CRITIQUE OF VOUCHER programs and charter schools is that they may bleed traditional public schools of their best students and most active parents, leaving the children who are left behind even worse off. Moreover, as the students...
School Home. (Feature)
Fearing conformity, violence, secularism, or simply bad teaching, more and more parents are taking their children's education into their own hands. And more and more of their children are entering the nation's finest institutions of higher education....
The Looming Shadow: Can the Threat of Vouchers Persuade a Public School to Turn Itself around? (Research)
The case of Florida suggests yes THE FLORIDA A-PLUS PROGRAM IS A SCHOOL ACCOUNT-ability system with teeth. Each public school is assigned a grade based on the performance of its students on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in reading,...
The New Education Market: Examining the Early Responses of Public Schools to Competition. (from the Editors)
After the September 11 terrorist attacks, President A Bush asked Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge to devote his energy to finding ways to strengthen the country's domestic security. Before the tragedy, Ridge had worked equally hard at introducing competition...
The Work Ahead: Creating a Truly Competitive Market in Education Will Require Nothing Less Than a Complete Overhaul of the Rules and Culture of Public Schooling. (Forum)
What if Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computer, and Michael Armstrong, CEO of AT&T, operated in a market where revenues depended hardly at all on attracting or losing customers? What if competition exerted minimal pressure and if market threats could...