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The UFT’s wasteful class-size push: Research says teacher quality trumps quantity (December 12, 2014)

It’s like the bad penny that keeps appearing, only it costs hundreds of millions of dollars. The city teachers union has begun pushing a new property-tax proposal tied to a union employment program. Everyone would be better off if they just stuck to teaching kids.

How Teachers Unions Use 'Common Core' to Undermine Reform (July 01, 2014)
This year's battle over the introduction of Common Core standards in public schools has diverted attention from a more important but quieter battle led by teachers unions to eliminate school accountability and teacher evaluations. These two measures are the real engines that will drive educational improvement, and it's critical that attempts to do away with them be blocked.
There Is No War On Teachers (June 11, 2014)
In a stunning decision, a judge in the California Superior Court has ruled that, because education is a fundamental right of California youth, the laws governing teacher tenure, teacher dismissal and rules for layoffs are unconstitutional. This ruling only applies to California – and surely will be appealed by the teachers union – but it could open up consideration of students' rights in a larger number of states.

Recent Publications

Returns to Skills around the World: Evidence from PIAAC. Eric A. Hanushek, Guido Schwerdt, Simon Wiederhold, Ludger Woessmann. European Economic Review, 73, January 2015, pp. 103-130.
Is Location Fate? Distributional Aspects of Schooling. Eric A. Hanushek. Education, Land, and Location, Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2014, pp. 25-61.
Land Use Controls, Fiscal Zoning, and the Local Provision of Education. Eric A. Hanushek, Kuzey Yilmaz. Public Finance Review, forthcoming.
Institutional Structures of the Education System and Student Achievement: A Review of Cross-country Economic Research. Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann. Educational Policy Evaluation through International Comparative Assessments, Munster, Germany: Waxman, 2014, pp. 145-175.
Borrowing Constraints, College Aid, and Intergenerational Mobility. Eric A. Hanushek, Charles Ka Yui Leung, Kuzey Yilmaz. Journal of Human Capital, 8(1), Spring 2014, pp. 1-41.