Mitchell Chester, the longtime Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, a good man, and a true friend, passed away Monday evening. I'll always remember his passion for doing.

In school reform, I sometimes think we suffer from a curious malady: too much passion—and a shortage of disciplined professionalism.

I recently had a chance to chat with outgoing New Mexico State Superintendent Hanna Skandera about her experience, successes, challenges, mistakes, and lessons learned.

Test score gains tell us something useful. But, until we get more insight into what's causing them, they should be stamped "Handle with care."

I wouldn't have expected it, but events of the last 24 hours have got me in a surprisingly chipper mood.

The White House is apparently poised to launch a big school choice push, and I can just imagine what President Trump's nationally televised Oval Office address might sound like.

I was struck by how the reactions to my blog last week felt like just one more illustration of a larger shift in education reform.

All the recent fascination with states' ESSA plans brings to mind the infamous TPS reports from the movie Office Space

While there is plenty to criticize in the Trump administration's new budget proposal, the reaction has been enough to make me want to mount a vocal defense on its behalf.

We're four months into a remarkable presidency, one where the usual rules don't always apply. So, for what they're worth, here are a few thoughts as to what this situation means for education.

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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