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.

All the recent fascination with states' ESSA plans brings to mind the infamous TPS reports from the movie Office Space

While there is plenty to criticize in the Trump administration's new budget proposal, the reaction has been enough to make me want to mount a vocal defense on its behalf.

We're four months into a remarkable presidency, one where the usual rules don't always apply. So, for what they're worth, here are a few thoughts as to what this situation means for education.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend some time talking about takeaways from Letters at the annual convening of the Harvard Ed School's Strategic Data Fellows.

A disproportionate amount of time, money, and energy has been devoted to scrutinizing and opining on states' new ESSA plans—as if boilerplate bluster will ultimately make a big difference for what happens in schools.

Yesterday at AEI, we hosted a conversations exploring the "Hard Lessons in Education Reform." One fascinating exchange dealt with the challenge of finding the right balance.

In too many schools and systems, we have trouble making "empowerment" a reality because we're not thinking very carefully about what it takes. Case in point: United Airlines.

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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