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Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Senior Editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. Peterson is a former director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and of the Governmental Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph. D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the German Marshall Foundation, and the Center for Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is the author of the book, Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning (Harvard University Press, 2010). Peterson was a member of the independent review panel advising the Department of Education’s evaluation of the No Child Left Behind law and a member of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force of K-12 Education at Stanford University. The Editorial Projects in Education Research Center reported that Peterson’s studies on school choice and vouchers have been among the country’s most influential studies of education policy.

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In May 2021, President Biden discussed the economy at an Ohio community college.

Hunger for Stability Quells Appetite for Change

Results of the 2021 Education Next Survey of Public Opinion
About half of parents favor requiring students to wear masks when schools open in the fall, and about a third oppose the practice, with the rest taking a neutral position.

Parent Poll Reveals Support for School Covid-Safety Measures Despite Vaccine Hesitancy, Partisan Polarization

Private-school parents report less learning loss, greater satisfaction with pandemic schooling
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School Choice and “The Truly Disadvantaged”

Vouchers boost college going, but not for students in greatest need
A statue of Johnny Appleseed welcomes visitors to the Massachusetts Visitor Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Inset: Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Betsy Appleseed and School Choice

Choice initiatives and expansions in Florida, Arkansas, West Virginia and elsewhere show that eventually, trees blossom
Professor James Tooley with students at an Omega private school in Bawjiase, Ghana.

To Critics of The Beautiful Tree, a Pearl of a Reply

Was that test on which the experiment depends taken in English or Telugu?
School children are spaced apart in one of the rooms used for lunch at Woodland Elementary School in Milford, Massachusetts.

Pandemic Parent Survey Finds Perverse Pattern: Students Are More Likely to Be Attending School in Person Where Covid Is Spreading More Rapidly

Majority of students receiving fully remote instruction; Private-school students more likely to be in person full time
A photo of an old bridge next to a new bridge

Covid-19 Could Be the Moment We Turn to School Choice as a Road to Equal Opportunity

States should broaden policies to support the school choice parents are demanding.

Charters Improving at Faster Pace in Urban Areas

Given the apparent underrepresentation of urban charter students in 2017, it is more likely that we are underestimating the overall gains

Charter Schools Show Steeper Upward Trend in Student Achievement than District Schools

First nationwide study of trends shows large gains for African Americans at charters

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