The Supreme Court Just Slashed the Odds on ESEA Reauthorization

NCLB is closer to being rewritten now than at any time since its passage. So why do I think the Supreme Court just slashed the odds of reauthorization?


The State of K-12 Educational Entrepreneurship

K-12 educational entrepreneurship today is marked by at least three major tensions that deserve a lot more careful attention.


Reflections on an Extraordinary Decade of New Orleans School Reform

A decade into post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans, I offer a few reflections.


This Is What 'Greenfield' Education Looks Like

Even education reform can feel bureaucratic sometimes. But recently there have been promising greenfield developments in the area of school choice.


What Kind of Workplace Would I Like to Teach in?

A question that reformers should, but rarely do, ask themselves is what kind of school and system they would like to teach in.


5 Thoughts on Nevada's Landmark School Choice Law

Last week, Nevada governor Brian Sandoval signed into law the nation's most ambitious school choice program. I'll share five thoughts on this.


Understanding the Opt-Out Movement: A One-Woman Play (In Five Acts)

This five-act play explains the opt-out movement from the year 2000 to present.


Good Charter School Authorizing Promotes Academic Quality, Not Red Tape

Well-meaning authorizers and legislators have larded up charter school applications with requirements. If this red tape was to ensure academic success, that would be one thing. But it's not.


School Spending and the Limits of Research

A new Education Next study makes pretty massive claims about the impact of new spending. But I'm dubious, for a few reasons.


Personality Quiz: Am I a Wannabe Edu-Bureaucrat?

I've tapped my old Ph.D. in government skills to provide a quick, easy-to-take quiz: are you a wannabe edu-bureaucrat?


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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