August 2019 Archives

Because "time and effort" rules are confusing, they encourage defensive spending—spending that is safe from an audit perspective rather than effective, according to guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric.

ESSA requires some high-poverty, low-performing schools to develop two different plans for improving student outcomes—an expensive system that fragments student services, according to guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric.

Title I is ESSA's largest education program, giving about $15.9 billion annually to high-poverty schools. Guest bloggers Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric discuss how spending guidance would make the program more effective.

Rigorous coursework helps students learn time management and the costs of procrastination. But too many students are being taught instead to await a bailout, writes guest blogger Loren Baron.

In the IB Diploma Programme, graders start at the bottom of the rubric and work their way up. This process emphasizes growth over gaps in students' understanding, says guest blogger Loren Baron.

Schools frequently define success in the Diploma Programme by how many students earn the IB diploma. Guest blogger Loren Baron argues that's the wrong metric.

Working on a state board of education involves many challenges, some failures. But, as guest blogger Jessica Sutter writes, it is also an opportunity and a duty to speak out for educational equity.

Reserving seats for vulnerable, at-risk students would mean fewer chances for other students to enroll in sought-after schools. Guest blogger Jessica Sutter explains why that trade-off is worthwhile.

Guest blogger Jessica Sutter was recently elected to the D.C. Board of Education. Sound like a perfect job for a self-described edu-nerd? Think again, she writes.

Guest blogger Heather Harding chats with two charter school teachers about the highlights, challenges, and lessons learned from a year of being instructional coaches.

While teaching is still in the top 10 of highly regarded professions, parents have stopped encouraging their children to become teachers. Guest blogger Heather Harding explores what should be done.

Race-based rancor and equity implications are not suspect or novel concerns requiring quotations, according to the Schusterman Family Foundation's Heather Harding.

Fifty-seven percent of college-enrolled KIPP alums are worried about running out of food, and 43 percent have missed meals. Here's what to do about it, from guest blogger Richard Buery.

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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