As students across the country head back to school, I can't help but imagine what words of wisdom President Trump would have for the nation's classrooms.

Guest blogger Maddie Fennell wraps up her week discussing how and why teachers should lead through advocacy.

Today, guest blogger Maddie Fennell argues that rather than lowering the bar, we should make teaching into a true profession with both accountability and autonomy.

In the case of education, posits this week's guest blogger, Maddie Fennell, the source of our problems aren't individual elements but the system itself.

Politics is never perfect, writes guest blogger Ashley Jochim, but political conflict and compromise can be better than using "brute force" when it comes to lasting school reform.

Evidence is rarely the sole reason why someone commits to action, notes guest blogger Ashley Jochim. Good policy also needs good politics.

Wielded effectively, soft power might make education just a little more like astronomy, writes this week's guest blogger, Ashely Jochim.

When discussing school-lunch policy, like the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and the National School Lunch Program, we must ensure that kids remain the focus, writes guest blogger Rachel White.

Why are public perceptions of school quality at an all-time high while support for reform efforts declining? Guest blogger Rachel White shares some thoughts on the new EducationNext poll results.

Local school board elections are notorious for low voter turnout, writes this week's guest blogger, Rachel White—but lowering the voting age would increase the pool of eligible voters and, likely, turnout.

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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