As states focus on rolling out their ESSA plans, it's important that they think about how the pieces fit together.

A simple Rorschach test to gauge how far apart we really are in determining what constitutes ideological bias in education scholarship.

Direct Student Services is a provision in ESSA giving states new leeway to expand educational choice efforts by allowing them to use some federal dollars to expand instructional choice, beyond just school choice. I talked with Chiefs for Change's Julia Rafal-Baer to find out more.

The hard-and-fast lines we have drawn between "public" and "private" education are a lot blurrier and a lot less useful than we pretend—and have been for some time now.

As the Patriots prepare to play for the Super Bowl on Sunday, it seems especially timely to reflect again on some critical insights education reformers can gather from professional football.

Whatever one thinks of DeVos's school choice views, the most important question for a U.S. Secretary of Education is how she intends to use that office to promote the things she believes in. And that question has received astonishingly little attention.

I was honored to host a hard-hitting but remarkably civil conversation about race, social justice, and school reform at AEI yesterday. A few things struck me about the conversation.

From President Trump's first days in office to a litany of developments exposing the last administration's agenda, these are strange days, indeed.

What does NFL football have to do with school reform? Quite a lot, actually.

I've got no quarrel with those who oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos. I have a big problem, though, with those who can't leave it at that.

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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