Chester E. Finn Jr.
|Chester Evans Finn Jr.|
August 3, 1944|
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Chevy Chase, Maryland|
BA (history), 1965|
MA (social studies teaching), 1967
Ed.D. (educational policy), 1970
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Board member of||
Ohio Community School Association
Charter School Leadership Council
advisory boards of the National Association of Scholars
Center of the American Experiment
Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools
Centre for Policy Studies
National Assessment Governing Board, including two years as its chairman (1988–1996)
|Spouse(s)||Renu Virmani, M.D., F.A.C.C., August 3, 1974|
Chester Evans Finn Jr. (born August 3, 1944) is a former professor of education, an educational policy analyst, and a former United States Assistant Secretary of Education. He is currently the president emeritus of the nonprofit Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Education, an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute, and a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution where he chairs the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.
Finn was Professor of Education and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University (1981–2002). He served as Assistant Secretary for Research and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education (1985–88). Prior positions included Staff Assistant to the President of the United States; Special Assistant to the Governor of Massachusetts (1972–73); Counsel to the United States Ambassador to India (1973–74); Research Associate at the Brookings Institution (1974–77); and Legislative Director for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1977–81).
- Finn Jr., Chester E.; Louann A. Bierlein; Bruno V. Manno (1997). Charter school accountability: findings and prospects. Bloomington, Indiana: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation. ISBN 0-87367-625-4. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Finn Jr., Chester E.; Diane Ravitch; Robert T. Fancher, eds. (1984). Against mediocrity: the humanities in America's high schools. foreword by William Bennett. New York: Holmes & Meier. ISBN 0-8419-0944-X. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Finn Jr., Chester E.; Diane Ravitch; P. Holley Roberts, eds. (1985). Challenges to the humanities. epilogue by William J. Bennett. New York: Holmes and Meier. ISBN 0-8419-1018-9. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Finn Jr., Chester E.; Theodor Rebarber, eds. (1992). Education reform in the '90s. New York: Macmillan Pub. Co. ISBN 0-02-897095-0. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Hess, Frederick M.; Chester E. Finn Jr., eds. (2004). Leaving no child behind?: options for kids in failing schools (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1-4039-6588-9. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Abshire, David M. (1995). Lamar Alexander; Chester E. Finn Jr., eds. The new promise of American life. Indianapolis: Hudson Institute. ISBN 1-55813-053-5. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Hess, Frederick M.; Chester E. Finn Jr. (eds.). No remedy left behind: lessons from a half-decade of NCLB. Washington, D.C.: AEI Press. ISBN 978-0-8447-4255-7. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Berdahl, Robert O. (1978). David W. Breneman; Chester E. Finn Jr., eds. Public policy and private higher education. Susan C. Nelson. Washington: Brookings Institution. ISBN 0-8157-1066-6. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Finn Jr., Chester E. (1977). Education and the Presidency. foreword by Daniel P. Moynihan. Lexington, Massachusetts: Lexington Books. ISBN 0-669-00365-4. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Finn Jr., Chester E. (2009). Reroute the preschool juggernaut. Stanford, California: Education Next Books. ISBN 978-0-8179-4992-1. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Finn Jr., Chester E. (1978). Scholars, dollars, and bureaucrats. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution. ISBN 0-8157-2828-X. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Finn Jr., Chester E. (2008). Troublemaker: a personal history of school reform since Sputnik. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Ravitch, Diane; Chester E. Finn Jr. (1987). What do our 17-year-olds know?: a report on the first national assessment of history and literature. foreword by Lynne V. Cheney. New York: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-015849-2. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- Vanourek, Gregg; Scott W. Hamilton; Chester E. Finn Jr. (1996). Is there life after big government?: the potential of civil society. Indianapolis: Hudson Institute. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- We Must Take Charge!: Our Schools and Our Future (1991)
- The Educated Child: A Parents Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade (1999; with William Bennett and John T. E. Cribb Jr.)
- Charter Schools in Action: Renewing Public Education (2001; with Bruno V. Manno and Gregg Vanourek)
- Leaving No Child Behind?: Options for Kids in Failing Schools (2004) (with Frederick M. Hess)
- Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik (2008)
- Wood, Shelley (June 23, 2004). "Standing against the stream: Dr Renu Virmani". HeartWire. WebMD. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- "Chester Evans Finn Jr." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC. Fee via Fairfax County Public Library, accessed 2009-05-16. Document Number: K2017758079
- Thomas B. Fordham Foundation website
- Hoover Institution profile
- Hudson Institute > About Hudson > Chester Finn Hudson Institute biography
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- MediaTransparency Profile of Chester Finn
- Review of Chester Finn's Autobiography, Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik