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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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Good News for Presidential Candidates

The public supports a wide range of education reforms

Politics First, Students Last

A well-heeled commission issues a weak-kneed report

The Entrepreneurs and the New Commission

Changing minds in the education establishment

The NCES Private-Public School Study

Findings are other than they seem

Learning from Catastrophe Theory

What New Orleans Tells Us about Our Education Future

Is Your Child’s School Effective?

Don’t rely on NCLB to tell you

The Supreme School Board

Vouchers on Trial: A view from inside the courtroom

Are We Still at Risk

Students do no more homework today than they did 20 years ago, despite the recommendations of A Nation at Risk.

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