Back in November, in the wee hours of election night, I penned an Education Next column titled "Trump Happened." I observed: Trump had no coattails, but the result is that a Republican president is going to take office with Republican majorities in both houses of Congress for the first time since 1928. Yep, 1928. What does this mean for education? For starters, the period between now and inauguration is going to be cacophonous. . . Once we get to 2017, Trump and the congressional Republicans will have a sprawling agenda ahead of them—and education isn't high on it. Six months later,...

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend some time talking about takeaways from Letters at the annual convening of the Harvard Ed School's Strategic Data Fellows.

A disproportionate amount of time, money, and energy has been devoted to scrutinizing and opining on states' new ESSA plans—as if boilerplate bluster will ultimately make a big difference for what happens in schools.

Yesterday at AEI, we hosted a conversations exploring the "Hard Lessons in Education Reform." One fascinating exchange dealt with the challenge of finding the right balance.

In too many schools and systems, we have trouble making "empowerment" a reality because we're not thinking very carefully about what it takes. Case in point: United Airlines.

Polls suggest school choice is far more popular than President Trump. This begs the question: When an unpopular president pushes a popular idea, where does the public come out?

In Letters to a Young Education Reformer, I offer some hard-learned advice on the lessons I've learned after a quarter century in and around schools and reform.

To help clarify where I'm coming from, I thought it might be worth sharing a bit about how I answer some of the first questions of school reform.

Watching the new Fast and the Furious this weekend brought to mind some of the common tensions underlying school reform.

So much of how we talk about education today tangles school reform with larger ideological debates taking place in our polarized and distrustful era.

The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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