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Hoover Institution Newsletter -Winter 2006

Hoover Institution Newsletter -Winter 2006

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-Edward Lazear nominated to chair President's Council of Economic Advisers
-Florida Governor Jeb Bush points to successful "big," "bold" ideas for education reform
-Fall retreat: speakers address U.S. domestic policy, efforts to spread democracy
-Treasure trove of Hoover Archives is source for "A Wealth of Ideas" exhibit
-Papers of Richard Davies, former U.S. ambassador to Poland, received
-Edward Lazear nominated to chair President's Council of Economic Advisers
-Florida Governor Jeb Bush points to successful "big," "bold" ideas for education reform
-Fall retreat: speakers address U.S. domestic policy, efforts to spread democracy
-Treasure trove of Hoover Archives is source for "A Wealth of Ideas" exhibit
-Papers of Richard Davies, former U.S. ambassador to Poland, received

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E
dward P. Lazear, the Morris ArnoldCox Senior Fellow at the HooverInstitution, has been nominated aschairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. The nominationwas announced on January 30 by Pres-ident GeorgeW.Bush.At presstime, Lazear’sconfirmationhearing hadbeen con-ducted andhis confirma-tion to thepost awaitedaction by theU.S. Senate.Edward Lazear was a member of President Bush's advisory Tax ReformPanel, a post to which he was appoint-ed in 2005. Lazear worked with nineother panel members on revenue-neutral policy options for reformingthe Federal Internal Revenue Code.
“W
e’re very proud of whatwe’redoing in Florida,” saidFlorida governor Jeb Bush. “We’vedone our best to take big and boldideas and convertthem into practicalpolicy,” he said.Bush, who addressed the Hoover In-stitution’s Koret Task Force on K–12Education and guests about educationreform at a dinner on January 12,stressed the importance of educationreformfor the country, stating that “if we don’t change, the country willsuffer.”Bush, who is in his second term asgovernor of Florida, has long advocat-ed education reformto improveschools and student performance.During his first term, Bush implement-ed the A-plus Plan for Education, aprogram designed to improve students’
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Winter 2006
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Newsletter 
HOOVER INSTITUTION
The very
latest
HOOVER 
news:
updated daily news,features,people,and eventsat the Hoover Institution at www.hoover.org
Florida Governor Jeb Bush discussed education reform in his state when membersof the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education met and they and guests convened fordinner.Edward Lazear
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obert Conquest, Hoover Institu-tion research fellow andrenowned historian of Soviet politicsand foreign policy, was honored withthe Presiden-tial Medal of Freedom byPresidentGeorge Bushon November9, in Wash-ington, D.C.Conquestwas one of 14recipients of the medal,the nation’shighest civilaward, which was announced by theWhite House.Established by Executive Order11085 in 1963, the medal may beawarded by the president “to anyperson who has made an especiallymeritorious contribution to (1) the se-curity or national interests of theUnited States, or (2) world peace, or(3) cultural or other significant publicor private endeavor.”RobertConquest is known for hisauthorship of the landmark book
TheGreat Terror: Stalin’s Purge of theThirties
.Morethan 35 years after itspublication, it remains one of the mostinfluential studies of Soviet history andhas been translated into more than 20languages. He also is the author of theacclaimed
Harvest of Sorrow
,
Stalinand the Kirov Murder
,
The Great Terror: A Reassessment 
,
Stalin:Breaker of Nations
,and
Reflectionson a Ravaged Century
.His mostrecent book is
The Dragons of Expec-tation
(W.W. Norton).
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A. H
 ANUSHEK  APPOINTEDTO GOVERNOR 
SEDUCATION ADVISORCOMMITTEE
Eric A. Hanushek, the Paul and JeanHanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover In-stitution, and a member of the HooverInstitution’s Koret Task Force on K–12Education, was recently appointed tothe Governor’s Advisory Committeeon Education Excellence in California.The com-mittee is anonpartisan,privatelyfunded groupcharged withexaminingK–12 educa-tion in Cali-fornia andrecommend-ing steps toimprove theperformanceof public schools.Aleading experton educationalpolicy,Hanushek specializes in theeconomics and finance of schools. Hisongoing research spans a number of the most important areas of educationpolicy,including the impacts of high-stakes accountability, class size reduc-tion, and teacher quality.Hanushek’sbooks include
The Economics of Schooling and School Quality
,
Im- proving AmericasSchools
,
Making Schools Work
,
Educational Perfor-mance of the Poor
,and
Education and Race
,along with numerous articles inprofessional journals.Hanushek is also chairman of theExecutive Committee for the TexasSchools Project at the University of Texas, Dallas, and a research associateat the National Bureau of EconomicResearch. In 2004, he was appointed amember of the National Board for Ed-ucation Sciences for a two-year term.
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Williamson Evers, a research fellow atthe Hoover Institution and a memberof the Institution’s Koret Task Forceon K–12 Education, has been appoint-ed to the Mathematics and Science Sci-entific Review Panel at the Institute of Education Sciences, United States De-partment of Education. The institute iscreating standing panels as the firststep in establishing a rigorous andmature scientific peer-review process.Evers, whospecializes inresearch oneducationpolicy,serveson otherpanels andboards. He isamember of the Califor-nia statestandardizedtesting sys-tem’s contentreview panels for history and mathe-matics and a member of the policyboardof the California History–SocialScience Project. Evers was elected tothe Santa Clara County Boardof Edu-cation in November 2004.Among his recent publications arethe chapter on fixing failing schools in
Within Our Reach: How America CanEducate Every Child 
(2005);
Testing Student Learning, Evaluating Teach-ing Effectiveness
(coeditor, 2004); andthe chapter on curriculum in
OurSchools and Our Future
(2003).
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Richard A. Epstein, the Peter andKirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at theHoover Institution, was honored withthe 2005 Brigham-Kanner PropertyRights Prize by the College of William&Mary School of Law on October29.Epstein is the James Parker Hall Dis-tinguished Service Professor of Law atthe University of Chicago, where healso serves asdirector of the John M. OlinProgram inLaw and Eco-nomics. He isalso a seniorfellow at theUniversity of Chicago Med-ical School’sCenter forClinical Med-ical Ethics.The award was made during the lawschool’s second annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference,which was sponsored by the William&Mary Property Rights Project andits Institute of Bill of Rights Law.The conference included panel dis-cussions on the impact of Epstein’swork, public use in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in
Kelo
,and recent developments in dueprocess protection of property rights.
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Former secretary of state George P.Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B.Ford Distinguished Fellow at theHoover Institution, was among sixStanford-related honorees presentedwith King Institute Awards at the inau-guration of the new study center on January 15. The six were recognizedfor their contributions to the King In-stitute and its efforts to disseminateMartin Lu-ther King’smessage of peace andsocial justiceto diverse au-diences, ac-cording toClayborneCarson, pro-fessor of historyandthe King In-stitute’s director and founder.Shultz, who served in PresidentRichardNixonsadministration and asthe U.S. secretary of state from 1982to 1989, was a consistent voice formoderation and tolerance throughouthis long career,Carson said.In accepting the award, Shultz spokeof the multitude of problems that cur-rently face the United States. King’slegacy was showing the world “how,when you see a major problem insociety or between nations, to get atthat in a nonviolent way and producemajor change,” Shultz said.Other awardrecipients wereHaroldBoyd, a former dean and former direc-tor of the Medical Fund for the Officeof Development; folk singers Guy andCandie Carawan; Wayne Duckworth,aretired staff member of InformationTechnology Systems and Services; andartist-musician Drue Kataoka.
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TOCKDALE
The navy’s next guided-missile de-stroyer will be named in honor of thelate Vice Adm. James Stockdale of Coronado, according to the Chief of Naval Opera-tions MichaelG. Mullen.Stockdale wasaHoover In-stitution re-search fellowfrom 1981until his deathin 2005. A1946 gradu-ate of the U.S.Naval Acad-emy, he was anavy fighter pilot whose aircraft wasshot down over North Vietnam onSept. 9, 1965. He was imprisoned andtortured during 7 years in captivity.Stockdale later won the Medal of Honor for his courage and leadership.He retired in 1979 as one of thenavy’smost highly decorated officers.He also ran for vice-president in 1992.Stockdale died in July at age 81.The new destroyer, DDG 106, isscheduled for deliveryin 2008, accord-ing to the Federation of American Sci-entists. The USS
Stockdale
will be the56th destroyer in its class.
Richard A.EpsteinJames StockdaleGeorge P. Shultz
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