Joel Klein Is Having a Damn Good Month

Two recent studies found positive effects of programs that former NYC schools chancellor Joel Klein championed, demonstrating that we shouldn't rush to judgment about leaders and programs.


Ten Facts About What the Candidates Are Saying on Education

What do Senate and gubernatorial candidates have to say on K-12, higher ed, and pre-K? Here are 10 takeaways from reviewing their platforms.


Small Schools, Stone Soup, and School Improvement

Some of the reactions to MDRC's evaluations of New York City's "small high schools" remind me of the old fable of "stone soup."


Testing Mania and Uncle Sam's Clumsy Reach

Arne Duncan's response to the CCSSO and CGCS's sensible joint statement on testing demonstrates a point I've made a few times: Uncle Sam can't handle nuance when it comes to schooling.


Jay Greene Is an Army of One for Arts Education...and He's Winning

A new study demonstrates that taking students to the theater benefits students' content knowledge, tolerance, and inferential abilities. I love this, for several reasons.


What the 2014 Senate Elections Might Mean for Education

Three weeks out from midterms, I offer thoughts on what the impact of the 2014 Senate elections might be for education reform and for the Department of Education.


Sattin-Bajaj's Incisive Look at How School Choice Works for Immigrant Kids

School choice advocates and skeptics alike should read Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj's excellent new book about how immigrant students navigate New York City's universal high school choice program.


The Health of Charter Schooling

Last week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a thoughtful report about the health of charter schooling by state. I think it's valuable, and offer three suggestions for future iterations.


The Reaction to My National Affairs Essay on the Common Core

Last week, National Affairs published my essay on the Common Core. Today, I want to respond to the advocates who've shared their reactions with me.


Broadening the Discussion of Good Schooling

Good schooling is about more than reading and math scores. Here are 3 metrics from Leaders & Laggards that help offer a more holistic assessment of states' education systems.


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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