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April 13, 2010

Florida's Game-Changing Senate Bill 6

Florida Governor Charlie Crist, already desperately trying to claw his way back into the Senate GOP primary that he once dominated, has found himself in the middle of another maelstrom. Sitting on his desk, awaiting his signature or veto, is the most ambitious teacher quality legislation any state ...

April 01, 2010

Some Unsolicited Advice for ED's Communication Gurus

I've been hard on Secretary Duncan and the administration, especially on the subject of Race to the Top (RTT). No two ways about it. This has prompted some in the administration to ask whether I'm just a reflexive contrarian. I don't intend to be. As I've said before, I like and respect many in...

March 16, 2010

John Covington Gets It Done

A few weeks back, I wrote about Kansas City superintendent John Covington. Having inherited a district plagued by a $50 million budget shortfall, half-filled schools, and lousy performance, Covington rejected the familiar "muddle through" strategy and proposed radical surgery. He urged the board t...

March 01, 2010

Getting Ahead of the Curve in Kansas City

Across the nation, districts are only enduring the first phase of what is likely a several year stretch of tough budgets. Why? First, property taxes account for so much of school spending, residential real estate prices are only now bottoming, commercial properties will be falling into 2011, and s...

February 16, 2010

Greetings and Salutations

Hi there. Or, in the phrasing of Christian Slater's homicidal but quirkily charming high school misfit in 1988's Heathers, "Greetings and salutations." I'm Rick Hess and this is my new blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Delighted you've taken a moment to stop by. For those of you who know me, glad to...

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