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Williamson Evers


Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, was the U.S. 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 is a past member of National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board, a past commissioner on the California State Academic Standards Commission, past trustee on the Santa Clara County Board of Education, and a past president of the board of directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School. Evers was a founding member of EducationNext’s editorial board and served on the board from 2001 through 2014. He was also a member of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, 1999-2014, throughout the course of the research group’s existence.

Published Articles & Media

How Woodrow Wilson Denied African-Americans an Academic Education

Princeton University protesters against Woodrow Wilson captured headlines in mid-November. But what hasn't received attention is the role of the Wilson administration in national K-12 education policy.

Blame Woodrow Wilson for Americans’ Lack of Historical Literacy

One hundred years ago, the Wilson administration put the clout of the federal government behind a new curricular development – social studies.

ESEA Reauthorization: Some Fixes to the Alexander Draft

Many bloggers have already pronounced their likes and dislikes of Senator Alexander’s ESEA reauthorization draft, and we would like to add to that discussion.

Exit, Voice, Loyalty—and the Common Core

Increasingly, parents and taxpayers view the public schools as an unresponsive bureaucracy carrying out edicts from distant capitals.

How the Common Core Suppresses Competitive Federalism

Nationalizing standards and tests would eliminate them as differentiated school-reform instruments that could be used by states in competition over educational attainment.

Standards and Testing in the Obama Administration

An excerpt from What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools

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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