This week, Newark superintendent Chris Cerf stopped by AEI to talk about the state of Newark's schools and the challenges of system reform. Here are a few thoughts.

When presidential elections become winner-take-all affairs, democracy pays the price.

Catholic education has confronted many challenges in recent decades; however, Seton Catholic Schools are offering a path forward.

There's a misleading sense that "productivity" is somehow at odds with nurturing students or valuing teachers. That's just not so.

As Chicago's teachers are on the verge of striking for the third time since 2012, it sure seems like the Chicago Teachers Union is bent on demonstrating the costs of collective bargaining.

It looks increasingly like we're on the cusp of higher ed's NCLB moment.

It looked to me like Clinton "won" the debate or, at least, that Trump managed to lose it.

Education is clearly not a top-tier issue in the 2016 election, but it's also nowhere near the bottom.

That gets to the real problem with Trump—which is that, as an aspiring executive, he is Barack Obama's spiritual heir. Yep, you read that right.

I think the idea of XQ is appealing. But I start to get nervous when I see this whole goofy "super schools" stuff.

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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