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Are our public schools really “inefficient,” or are we just using the wrong measurements? Performance metrics point to a negative conclusion, but it’s possible that our educational systems are producing desirable outcomes that we just aren’t measuring or even talking about. Efficiency can be prioritized, but let’s also be careful about the forces we set off in pursuit of this goal.

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Join AEI for the official launch of Frederick Hess’ new book, “Letters to a Young Education Reformer” (Harvard Education Press, April 2017), featuring a conversation with a dozen experienced education reformers on the ups and downs of modern school reform.

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While examples from California and New Jersey seem to indicate that judges can be instrumental in changing school systems, AEI’s Rick Hess cautions against the “pleasing shortcut” of the courts.

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A recent raft of negative studies highlights the real problem with voucher programs: they are unreasonably underfunded.

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Too often, policy debates tend to make research more an impediment to thoughtful discourse than a means for advancing it.

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Though a key element needed for success, “how to think” about education reform is often lost in the debate over specific policy programs and proposals. Reform is more a matter of how one thinks about school improvement than a recital of programs and policy proposals. Hess shares the lessons he has learned from the significant challenges education reform has faced over the years.

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In this interview, Rick Hess discusses his new book, Letters to a Young Education Reformer, and how to think about schooling, policy, and reform.

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Last week, U.S. News & World Report released its 2017 Best High Schools rankings. While U.S. News does its best to provide an evenhanded ranking system, it ultimately offers an impoverished view of what makes certain high schools the “best.”

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Polls suggest school choice is far more popular than President Trump. This begs the question: When an unpopular president pushes a popular idea, where does the public come out?

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Legal experts and leading education scholars tackle the new topic of K–12 Education Savings Accounts (ESA) in “Education Savings Accounts: The New Frontier in School Choice” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), a joint project between the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd).

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School choice has been central to American education policy debate for a quarter century. But throughout, school choice has been just that — school choice. In a potentially profound development, Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) reimagine parent choice in ways that may upend many assumptions that have framed issues of school choice in the past.

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