Dan Goldhaber joins Katharine Strunk and Josh Cowen on today's guest blog for a discussion of the research surrounding teachers unions and collective bargaining agreements.

Andy Saultz concludes a week of guest blogging by urging policymakers to carefully roll out policies in a way the explains why those changes will be good for kids.

Today, Andy Saultz continues guest blogging with lessons learned during his time as a school board member about the importance of listening.

Andy Saultz begins his week of guest blogging by offering some reflections on the Parkland school shooting and how we might begin to move forward.

Constance Lindsay concludes a week of guest blogging with a discussion on the role of discipline in schools, noting that we have to grapple simultaneously with disparities and school safety.

Constance Lindsay continues her discussion of teacher preparation programs by unpacking teacher shortages in today's guest blog.

Taking over the guest blog this week is Constance Lindsay, a research associate at the Urban Institute. Today, Constance begins with a discussion of teacher preparation programs with a focus on the diversity-validity dilemma.

In his final guest blog of the week, "little r" reformer John Thompson says that to improve schooling, we must listen and learn from flesh-and-blood students and tackle real-world problems, not focus on made-up metrics.

John Thompson continues his week of guest blogging by sharing more anecdotes about the downsides of data-driven accountability. Today, he writes about the consequences of holding schools accountable for attendance and graduation rates.

School reformers focused on academics, but had they listened to the students they'd have seen that the smart strategy would have been to build on the kids' strengths.

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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