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. 7, No. 1, Winter

Affirmative Action Docketed: The Supreme Court Takes Up Race-Based School Assignment
A relatively small proportion of the nation's school districts--fewer than 1000 out of 13,500--practice affirmative action, voluntarily using race in the design of attendance zones or in deciding who is admitted to selective schools. The Supreme Court...
Courtroom Alchemy: Adequacy Advocates Turn Guesstimates into Gold
Beginning in the late 1960s, and accelerating unabated through to the present, plaintiffs have filed more than 125 court cases questioning the constitutionality of school district and school spending levels. In 2005 alone, high-court decisions were...
Games Charter Opponents Play: How Local School Boards-And Their Allies-Block the Competition
Considerable attention has been paid to the most blatant barriers that public charter schools face. By lobbying against good charter legislation and fair funding (see Figure 1), financing anti-charter studies and propaganda, filing lawsuits, and engaging...
Judging Money: When Courts Decide How to Spend Taxpayer Dollars
Since the 1970s, proponents of greater spending in disadvantaged school districts have pursued their goal through litigation in state courts. They have brought suits in 45 of the 50 states. These suits began with claims of equity, which sought to redistribute...
Learning Facts: The Brave New World of Data-Informed Instruction
In just the last ten years, goaded by broad and still unsettled cultural shifts, education practices have changed dramatically. Schools are no longer just recording and analyzing inputs--dollars spent, number of days of instruction, numbers of students...
Misdirected Energy: Schools Get an a in Resisting Reform
How is it that a system can simultaneously master the art of resisting reform and stick to the path of least resistance? Such is the conundrum facing public education. That our schools are impervious to fundamental change (fads-of-the-month notwithstanding)...
New Leaders for Troubled Schools: Jacquelyn Davis Works with D.C.'S Education Bureaucracy
In recent years Frank W. Ballou Senior High School in Washington, D.C., has suffered some well-publicized traumas, including the on-campus murder of a 17-year-old and a deliberate mercury contamination by students that forced the school to close for...
No Business like Show Business: Hollywood and Hip-Hop Discover Charter Schools
Hollywood and hip-hop have discovered charter schools. In June, A-list stars including Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Jon Stewart performed at a fundraiser for a New York City charter school sponsored by the Robin Hood Foundation, whose board includes actress...
Photo Finish: Certification Doesn't Guarantee a Winner
The July 2006 deadline came and went for states to comply with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandate to have a "highly qualified" teacher in every classroom. To meet the standard, teachers must have a bachelor's degree, be state-certified, and prove...
Preschool Is School, Sometimes: Making Early Childhood Education Matter
Democrat Tim Kaine, the current governor of Virginia, campaigned on a platform that included universal pre-K education. In Hartford, Connecticut, Mayor Eddie Perez established an Office for Young Children within his cabinet. At the federal level, perhaps...
The NCES Private-Public School Study: Findings Are Other Than They Seem
Checked: Henry Braun, Frank Jenkins, and Wendy Grigg. 2006. "Comparing Private Schools and Public Schools Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling," U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics,...
The NCLB Restruct-a-Tron: Does the Law's Great Big Machine for Overhauling Schools Produce Anything Worthwhile?
Schools that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress for six consecutive years are subject to the accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind. The restructuring options prescribed by law include strong measures, such as turning failing schools...
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