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.


I recently completed my first full marathon. It struck me that many aspects of the race were analogous to education reform.


I'm more convinced than ever that education reform can't work without poverty reduction - and that poverty reduction can't work without education reform.


Extracurriculars can be both a strength and a weakness of the American education system. Lately, specialization has gotten out of hand.


Parts of Title IX may be among the most successful educational policies ever, but there are also 'not bad' and 'ugly' parts of the law.


As PISA spills over into local educational decision making, it is reasonable to question the consequences of an international organization calling the shots.


Data indicates a stark difference in the amount of time spent on reading and math compared to other subjects. Unfortunately, these other subjects suffer as a result.


Some guest stars will blog on RHSU through Christmas: Jonathan Plucker, Andre Feigler, Andrew Saultz, and Mike McShane. Enjoy!


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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