We're not even two months into King's tenure, and his Department seems intent to go on trampling the law in order to do whatever the Secretary and his team happen to think is the "right" thing to require of the nation's states, systems, and schools.

The possibility that knowledgeable, informed, and reasonable people might actually disagree on these things is simply not part of the AERA worldview—primarily, I suspect, because it's not part of the ed school worldview.

On Tuesday, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) released its inaugural Federal Policy Survey. It provides the kind of practical advice from seasoned professionals that administrators and policymakers sorely need, but on a lot of the more explicit "federal policy" recommendations, I found the responses far less compelling.

I've never really been able to get on board the high standards train. It's not that I'm opposed to "high standards"—it just usually plays out like the 7-Minute Abs scene in There's Something About Mary.

The recent Supreme Court split decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association may have some impact for future education issues in the court.

Are there reasons to be leery of varying teacher compensation by field? Absolutely. But the reality is that some knowledge and skills are more in demand than are others, and one consequence is that they cost more.

Outside of graduate seminars, our education debates tend to shy away from thorny questions about parental responsibilities and rights. So what to make of the recent Adam LaRoche story?

The Obama administration's Department of Labor is moving to revamp the "overtime rule" under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). It is easy to see the proposal's appeal, but what I do want to touch upon is what the proposed change might mean for education.

Newly appointed Secretary of Education John King has a short term ahead of him, but there are five things I'd urge him to say and do (the sooner the better).

American education has always been a magnet for jargon-laden fads, and one of the latest of these is the enthusiasm surrounding "college readiness for all."

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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