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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 has also twice served as a member of the California State Academic Standards Commission (1996-1998; 2010) and the Santa Clara County Board of Education (2004-2007). He is past President of the Board of Directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School, a board on which he served from 1997 until 2004.

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 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.

CA Gov. Newsom Vetoes Racist "Ethnic Studies" Curriculum | Graham Walker Interviews Williamson Evers October 2, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS Nomination, Presidential Debates and More | Independent Outlook Episode 5 September 30, 2020
1619? 1776? How about a “490 B.C. Project”? | Graham H. Walker Interviews Williamson M. Evers September 24, 2020
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“California Governor Vetoes Ethnic Studies” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers on The Education Exchange podcast October 13, 2020
“California Ethnic Studies Victimization” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on Freedomworks Radio September 1, 2020
“California Ethnic Studies Curriculum” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on the Lars Larson radio show August 31, 2020
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Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS Nomination, Presidential Debates and More: Independent Outlook Episode 5 September 30, 2020
Millenarian Mobs, Wildfires, Woke Football, and Milton Friedman: Independent Outlook Episode 4 September 16, 2020
Ethnic Studies, Identity Politics, Racism, Riots, and the Police: Independent Outlook Episode 3 September 2, 2020
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Commentary Articles
How Gov. Newsom’s Veto of Ethnic Studies Requirement Happened October 7, 2020
Look to Iraq’s Recent History for Reopening Schools During COVID-19 September 10, 2020
Restorative Justice Is Unfair to Students Who Want to Learn September 2, 2020
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The Crisis in Civil Rights August 18, 2020
Readings on Anti-Semitism August 10, 2020
Readings on Police Reform August 10, 2020
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Beacon Blog Posts
After Years of Flat Scores, Idaho Considers Dropping Common Core September 4, 2020
What To Read About Socialism: A Critical Bibliography February 18, 2020
Open Letter
Open Letter to Suspend California AB-5 April 14, 2020
Policy Reports
Is it Time for a “490 B.C. Project”? September 23, 2020
Victim’s Rights, Restitution and Retribution January 1, 1996

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