Based on reader traffic, Twitter, and our own biases, here are 10 RHSU highlights from 2014.


On Monday, I described the opportunity for a Christmas truce in the education reform wars. Today, I offer 4 concrete steps to achieve it.


Too many people in education have caricatured their opponents and are stuck in ideological trenches. I offer ideas for a Christmas Truce, like the one in World War I.


2014 will end without Congress taking action on ESEA, but we should have hope for 2015. Here are a couple major areas that the new ESEA should address.


It's an easy trap: we see a problem and feel compelled to intervene. The federal government too often errs toward involvement, including with RT3 and NCLB waivers.


In April, Washington State's NCLB waiver was revoked. I reached out to officials and policymakers to hear their reactions and explanations.


Let's evaluate RT3 based on its stated goals and evaluate whether and how it impacts state policy today.


Following the Race to the Top (RT3) competition, I spent a year talking with high-ranking state policymakers. Here are some lessons they think we should learn from RT3.


Technology offers ways to rethink everything from doctor visits to Mandarin teachers to the problem of getting impactful substitute teachers.


In talking with parents, I continually hear a sentiment of activism. National advocacy organizations are providing a space to channel that activism.


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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