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Williamson M. Evers
Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Educational Excellence

Williamson M. Evers is a Senior Fellow, Director of the Center on Educational Excellence, and Assistant Editor for The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy at the Independent Institute. Dr. Evers was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development from 2007 to 2009; Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings during 2007; and former Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. In addition, he was a member of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education from its beginning in 1999 until it wrapped up in 2014. From July to December 2003, he served in Iraq as Senior Adviser for Education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Dr. Evers headed the Trump-Pence transition's agency review for the U.S. Department of Education. The review focused on policy, legal, organizational, and budgetary matters that would face the then-incoming administration. He has advised numerous officeholders and candidates over the years and is currently an advisor to U.S. Rep. Michelle Steel (R. - Calif.), who is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

He has contributed chapters to numerous scholarly volumes and the books he has edited include Testing Student Learning, Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness (with Herbert J. Walberg); Teacher Quality (with Lance T. Izumi); National Service; School Accountability (with Herbert J. Walberg); School Reform: The Critical Issues (with Lance T. Izumi and Pamela A. Riley); and What's Gone Wrong in America's Classrooms.

His articles have appeared in such publications as Education Week, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor, and he is a past member of the editorial board of Education Next.

Dr. Evers received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Stanford University, and he has also served as a Member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars; Member of the Content Review Panel, History-Social Science K-8 Textbook Adoption, State of California; Consultant (on standards, testing, and curriculum) for the Arizona Department of Education Mathematics Task Force; Member of the National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board, U.S. Department of Education; Member of the History-Social Science Performance Level Setting Panel, Standardized Testing and Reporting System, State of California; Editor-in-Chief of Inquiry Magazine; Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies; Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory University; and Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University.

Unflinching SCOTUS Hews to Text and History, On Guns and Abortion | Independent Outlook 41 June 29, 2022
Cancel Student Debt? Kill The Constitution to Solve Gun Violence? | Independent Outlook 39 June 1, 2022
Buffalo Shooting, Baby Formula Flap, Build-Back-Better Inflation | Independent Outlook 38 May 18, 2022
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“Stanford University’s Activist Administration Engages in Attempted Social Engineering” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on The Dawn Stensland show on WPHT in Philadelphia June 9, 2022
“Stanford’s Social Engineering” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on the Bobby Gunther Walsh radio show on WAEB radio in Allentown, PA June 7, 2022
“The State of Education Policy in the U.S.” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers interviewed on TNT Radio June 7, 2022
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Independent Outlook Episode 32: Biden Threatens Over Ukraine, Olympics & Covid Controls, Academic Intolerance February 9, 2022
Independent Outlook Episode 31: Breyer Resigns at SCOTUS, Ukraine Vortex, Inflation and Inequality, Crime Surges January 26, 2022
Independent Outlook Episode 30: Omicron's Surge, Vaccine Mandates at SCOTUS, Bidenflation and the "Build Back Better" Boondoggle and School Protests January 12, 2022
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Commentary Articles
At Stanford, the New Applied Science Is Social Engineering May 28, 2022
California’s Math Framework Lacks Research to Justify Its Progressive Agenda April 18, 2022
California’s Math Curriculum Framework: Still Woke March 23, 2022
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Open Letters
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Open Letter to Suspend California AB-5 April 14, 2020
Policy Reports
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