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A primer on America's schools
Moe, Terry M.
Publication Information:
Stanford, Calif. : Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"An assessment by the Koret Task Force on K-12 education"--Cover.
American traditions of education / Diane Ravitch -- The system / John E. Chubb -- Achievement in American schools / Herbert J. Walberg -- Spending on schools / Eric A. Hanushek -- If families matter most, where do schools come in? / Caroline M. Hoxby -- Getting better teachers- and treating them right / Chester E. Finn Jr. -- Teachers unions and the public schools / Terry M. Moe -- Curriculum and competence / E.D. Hirsch Jr. -- Standards and accountability / Williamson M. Evers -- Choice in American education / Paul E. Peterson -- What is public about public education? / Paul T. Hill.
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In this volume the eleven members of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education provide a broad overview of the American education system--pulling together basic facts about its structure and operation, identifying key problems that hinder its performance, and offering perspectives on the requirements of genuine reform.

Author Notes

Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 education, and a professor of political science at Stanford University. He is an expert on educational policy, U.S. political institutions, and organization theory. His current research projects are concerned with school choice, public bureaucracy, and the presidency.

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Choice Review

For the last 20 years policymakers at both the state and local levels have struggled to improve student performance at the elementary and secondary levels. Unfortunately, after 20 years of hard work and the introduction of both vouchers and charter schools into the American landscape, little empirical evidence exists to show that student performance has actually improved. In an effort to understand why educational reform has failed, the Hoover Institute created a task force of noted educational experts to study the problem. In this collection of essays, these experts provide an overview or "primer" on America's schools and cover topics such as student achievement, school choice, school spending, the importance of families, and teacher unions. Although most of the authors are well known in the field of educational policy, some of their conclusions--including the portrayal of teacher unions as perhaps the most significant structural impediment to real reform--are to be expected given the political leanings of the institute. However, the ability of these authors to think creatively about educational reform makes this an interesting and informative read for all those interested in improving student achievement. Recommended for public and academic libraries. All levels. F. Galloway University of San Diego