A Few Reflections Upon Secretary Duncan's Departure

Rather than once again address Arne Duncan's tenure as Secretary of Education, today I'm inclined to offer a couple of more personal musings.

Straight-Up Conversation: ClassDojo's Sam Chaudhary

It's been a while since I last sat down with ClassDojo's Sam Chaudhary. We chat about how the ed tech company started, its worldwide reach, and privacy issues in the tech world.

Actually, Boehner's Resignation Doesn't Change the Odds on ESEA

The conventional wisdom was that Boehner's exit makes the odds of ESEA reauthorization much longer. I see things a little differently.

Arne Duncan Really 'F---ing' Cares About Kids

The Secretary of Education, his allies, and his underlings see Duncan as uniquely sincere in his commitment to the nation's students... but I don't think that makes him unique.

What the Data Actually Says About Shifting Views on the Common Core

There've been a lot of claims made of late about what Americans think of the Common Core. So what's the real scoop?

Education Is Another Trump Victim

This was shaping up to be a remarkably fruitful year for conservative thinking on education, but this all changed with the ascendance of Donald Trump.

Of Head Start and the SAT

SAT scores keep sliding for each successive graduating class, but NAEP scores are strong in K-8. Why aren't these elementary and middle school gains showing up in high school?

Wash. State Supreme Court's Puzzling Rationale for Outlawing Charter Schools

Last week the Washington state Supreme Court declared the state's charter law unconstitutional. Here's why they're wrong.

Goodell, Brady, the NFL Smackdown, and the Teachers' Unions

The Deflategate ruling isn't just a win for Patriots fans— it also has some implications for K-12 education.

The Back-to-School Pitch

It's back to school, and that means it's painful PR missive season— seems a propitious time to share a few.

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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