Here are my initial reactions to the results of the midterm elections for education policy.


United Students Against Sweatshops has taken cheap shots at Teach for America--and, for reasons that escape me, have gained attention for it.


Two recent studies found positive effects of programs that former NYC schools chancellor Joel Klein championed, demonstrating that we shouldn't rush to judgment about leaders and programs.


What do Senate and gubernatorial candidates have to say on K-12, higher ed, and pre-K? Here are 10 takeaways from reviewing their platforms.


Some of the reactions to MDRC's evaluations of New York City's "small high schools" remind me of the old fable of "stone soup."


Arne Duncan's response to the CCSSO and CGCS's sensible joint statement on testing demonstrates a point I've made a few times: Uncle Sam can't handle nuance when it comes to schooling.


A new study demonstrates that taking students to the theater benefits students' content knowledge, tolerance, and inferential abilities. I love this, for several reasons.


Three weeks out from midterms, I offer thoughts on what the impact of the 2014 Senate elections might be for education reform and for the Department of Education.


School choice advocates and skeptics alike should read Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj's excellent new book about how immigrant students navigate New York City's universal high school choice program.


Last week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a thoughtful report about the health of charter schooling by state. I think it's valuable, and offer three suggestions for future iterations.


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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