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School Reform: The Critical Issues (Hoover Institution Press Publication, No. 499) Paperback – November 19, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0817928728 ISBN-10: 0817928723 Edition: 1st

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Why is education reform so difficult to achieve? Why have reform efforts been a long series of unfulfilled promises

To achieve real and long-lasting change, it is necessary to understand both the basic nature of the problems in American schools and the remedies that could address these problems. This book is a joint effort by the Hoover Institution and the Pacific Research Institute to present a collection of the most insightful recent articles on education reform. The expert contributors provide a clear understanding of why schools and students are underperforming and propose reasonable and effective strategies for successful reform. They explore a wide range of important topics, including teachers and teaching practices, testing, learning disabilities, and school choice, explaining why some reforms are destined to be disappointments whereas others have been proven to work.

School Reform: The Critical Issues gives parents, teachers, school board members, legislators, and members of the news media a straightforward, much-needed account of the problems in our schools—and what can be done about them.

Williamson M. Evers is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. Lance T. Izumi is a senior fellow in California Studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy and is director of its Center for School Reform. Pamela A. Riley is associate director of the Pacific Research Institute’s Center for School Reform.

Contributors: Philip H. Abelson, Richard Bernstein, Karen Bohlin, William R. Capps, Lynne V. Cheney, Paul Ciotti, Richard Lee Colvin, Mary Eberstadt, Susan Estrich, Ellen D. Fiedler, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Ralph Frammolino, Milton Friedman, Glenn Garvin, David Gelernter, James K. Glassman, Siobahan Gorman, Eric A. Hanushek, Lawrence Hardy, E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Lance T. Izumi, Joanne Jacobs, Jerry Jesness, Alveda C. King, Richard E. Lange, Nicholas Lemann, Tom Loveless, Heather Mac Donald, Britton Manasco, Mary Ellen Maxwell, La Rae G. Munk, David W. Murray, Steve Olson, David Osborne, Lewis J. Perelman, Michael J. Petrilli, Diane Ravitch, Kevin Ryan, Debra J. Saunders, Ruth Shalit, Brother Bob Smith, Thomas Sowell, Laurence Steinberg, Sol Stern, Abigail Thernstrom, Thomas Toch, Maribeth Vander Weele, Joseph P. Viteritti, Joe Williams, Susan Winebrenner, and Robert Worth

About the Author

Lance T. Izumi, J.D. is Koret Senior Fellow and Senior Director of Education Studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI), California’s premier free-market public-policy think tank based in San Francisco and Sacramento. Lance Izumi is a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation with nearly 3 million students. He served two one-year terms as president of the Board of Governors from 2008 through 2009, and in 2010 he received an award recognizing his leadership and service.

Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007 to 2009. In 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Evers has been a member of National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board, a commissioner on the California State Academic Standards Commission, a trustee on the Santa Clara County Board of Education, and a president of the board of directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School.


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