What tends to get lost in the ongoing debate over charter-school authorizing is the practical question: whether responsible authorizing can entail less bloat, bureaucracy, and paperwork.


The whole episode around the Department of Education's determination of Delaware's ESSA plan is a remarkable example of bureaucracy and paper-pushing run amok. It's also eerily familiar.


I can't help thinking that the center has come undone, in no small part, because mainstream, time-tested, once uncontroversial conservative sentiments have been labeled offensive by the same voices who wonder what happened to the responsible right.


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.


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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