Education Next is a propaganda outlet for corporate education reform policies such as charter schools, school vouchers, and merit pay. Its editorial board consists of the members of the Koret Task Force, the education task force of the conservative think-tank the Hoover Institute. Although it purports to be free of ideology, it frequently takes the conservative point of view. For instance, it is critical of unions and opposes attempts to increase or equalize funding for schools.
Education Next lists its topics as:
|Government and Politics||Inside Schools||School Policy|
|Courts and Law||Character Education||Charter Schools and Vouchers|
|Governance and Leadership||Curriculum||International|
|Media||Early Childhood and Preschool||No Child Left Behind|
|Public Opinion||Special Education||School Spending|
|State and Federal||Teachers and Teaching||Standards, Testing, and Accountability|
|Unions and Collective Bargaining||Technology||School Choice|
The article "The Long Reach of Teachers Unions" attacks the National Association of Education (NEA) for spending money lobbying legislators and for funding left-leaning grassroots groups.
The article "A Recession for Schools: Not as Bad as it Sounds" claims that a cut in funding will actually benefit schools, because recessions eliminate "bloat, fat, and even fraud" and also because it makes political changes possible. Peterson writes: "What is politically impossible in good times can be readily justified when profits fall and deficits loom."
The article "School Funding: Do We Have to be as Poor as Our Neighbor?" criticizes a court ruling that said wealthy neighborhoods could not raise property taxes above the state mandated limit because it would give wealthy neighborhoods an edge over poor ones.
The editorial board of Education Next is:
Executive, senior, and managing editors
Paul E. Peterson, editor-in-chief
Chester E. Finn Jr., senior editor
Frederick M. Hess, executive editor
Marci Kanstoroom, executive editor
Michael J. Petrilli, executive editor
Martin West, executive editor
Carol Peterson, managing editor
Sponsors of "Education Next" include the Hoover Institute, the Fordham Institute, and the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Education Policy and Governance.
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Related SourceWatch articles
- "About," Education Next, accessed April 1, 2011.
- "Unions and Collective Bargaining," Education Next, accessed April 1, 2011.
- "Category," Education Next, accessed April 1, 2011.
- "Topics: Overview", Education Next, accessed April 1, 2011.
- Mike Antonucci, "The Long Reach of Teachers Unions," Education Next, Fall 2010, vol. 10 no. 4.
- Paul E. Peterson, "A Recession for Schools: Not as Bad as it Sounds", Education Next, Winter 2010, Vol 10, no. 1.
- Peter Meyer, "Do We Have to be as Poor as Our Neighbor?", Education Next, March 14, 2011