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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.

Published Articles & Media

The 2008 Education Next-PEPG Survey of Public Opinion

Americans think less of their schools than of their police departments and post offices

Today’s Education-Industrial Complex

Why aren’t schools an issue in the 2008 election?

Excellence Reformers Need to Make a Choice

Is accountability the reform of the past?

Good News for Presidential Candidates

The public supports a wide range of education reforms

A Lens That Distorts

NCLB’s faulty way of measuring school quality

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

Is Your Child’s School Effective?

Don’t rely on NCLB to tell you

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