Featured Books

Teachers versus the Public - What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them. Paul Peterson, Michael Henderson, Martin R. West. Brookings Institution Press, 177 pages, Available April 29, 2014.
The New American Democracy, Alternate Edition (7th Edition). Morris P. Fiorina, Paul Peterson, Bertram Johnson, William G. Mayer. Pearson, 7th edition, 624 pages, 2011.
Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning. Paul Peterson. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 336 pages, 2010.
School Choice International: Exploring Public-Private Partnerships. Rajashri Chakrabarti, Paul Peterson. The MIT Press, 280 pages, 2008.
School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Education Adequacy. Martin R. West, Paul Peterson. Brookings Institutional Press, 373 pages, 2007.

Background


Paul E. Peterson
Paul Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government in the Department of Government at Harvard University. He directs the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance, is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and is the Editor-In-Chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research. Full biography.

Blog Posts/Multimedia

As the United States entered the 21st century it was trying to come to grips with a serious education crisis. The country lagged behind its international peers, and its half-century effort to erode racial disparities in student achievement had made little headway.

A study by Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson on the long-term impact of school vouchers on college enrollment and graduation won the 2016 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Prize awarded for Best Academic Paper on School Choice and Reform.

Matthew M. Chingos, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute and Paul E. Peterson, Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, have been selected as the winners of the 2016 Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Prize for their paper “Experimentally estimated impacts of school vouchers on college enrollment and degree attainment” awarded for best academic paper on school choice and reform.

The Supreme Court, in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), is now considering whether all teachers should be required to pay union determined “agency fees” for collective bargaining services, whether or not the teacher wants them.

Education analysts often compare U.S. schools to those in Finland, Korea, Poland, even Shanghai. Surprisingly, the nation of Germany rarely appears in this discourse, even though it has much in common with the United States.

Fellowships in Education Entrepreneurship

Recent Publications

Not Leaving, Just Changing Jobs. Paul E. Peterson. Education Next, 16(3), 2016.
The End of the Bush-Obama Regulatory Approach to School Reform. Paul E. Peterson. Education Next, 16(3), 2016.
The Ideal Blended-Learning Combination. Paul E. Peterson, Michael B. Horn. Education Next, 16(2), 2016.
After Common Core, States Set Rigorous Standards. Paul E. Peterson, Samuel Barrows, Thomas Gift . Education Next, 16(3), 2016.
James S. Coleman: Education’s North Star. Paul E. Peterson. Education Next, 16(2), 2016.