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

‘Th’ Supreme Coort follows th’ election returns.” So said Mr. Dooley, the bartender created by cartoonist Finley Peter Dunne at the start of the 20th century. Those who follow the court today often say that nothing much has changed.

As we celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther King's birth, we should ask why so many of the problems against which he struggled — segregation, poverty, persistent racial gaps in education and income — remain so much a part of American life.

Money for schools has again become a campaign issue. In the Florida governor's race, Charlie Crist says that the "first thing [Gov. Rick Scott ] does when he comes in . . . is cut education by $1.3 billion." To which Gov.

Recent Publications

States Raise Proficiency Standards in Math and Reading. Paul E. Peterson, Matthew Ackerman. Education Next, 15(3), 2015.
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 Global Debt Crisis: Haunting U.S. and European Federalism. Paul Peterson, Daniel Nadler. Brookings Institution Press, 240 pages, 2014.
Endangering Prosperity - A Global View of the American School. Eric A. Hanushek, Paul Peterson, Ludger Woessmann. Brookings Institution Press, 147 pages, 2013.