Five years on, we can draw at least seven lessons from Race to the Top.


I couldn't disagree more with the argument for a "national education plan." There's a time and place for national plans, but education is not it.


Yesterday, the House passed the Student Success Act, but there's still a ways to go before a final bill. Here's a checklist for a final bill to "fix" NCLB.


By August, the House and Senate could each pass an ESEA reauthorization bill. But lately they've struggled with not only the inevitable disagreements, but also unnecessary distractions.


After Mike Miles's resignation as superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, here are some thoughts for districts in transition.


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?


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


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


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


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


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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