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July 27, 2020

What a Democratic Sweep This Fall Could Mean for Education

The November elections, slightly more than three months away, could be the most momentous for education in American history.

June 16, 2020

Ten Weeks Until School Starts—What Now?

If public-health officials indicate that schools can open this fall, then school systems need to find a way to do so.

January 28, 2019

4 Reasons I'm Wary of School Reform's Pivot to 'Practice'

Amidst the ebbs and flows of school reform, big shifts are underway. One involves education advocates downshifting from "policy" to educational "practice."

July 27, 2016

A Half-Dozen Thoughts Prompted by My Summer School Turn

All the fevered discussions from my time teaching at Rice and UPenn this past week prompted some reflections on policy and trust, and "implementation problems."

March 22, 2016

Could Well-Meaning New Labor Rule Hurt Charter Schools, Preschools, & Tutoring Programs?

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.

January 11, 2016

Five Harvard Edu-Lessons

I spent last week up at the Harvard Ed School teaching my class, "Debating Education Policy," and had a few takeaways.

January 22, 2015

When Education Policy Debates Are More Than a Circus

People are often disinclined to disagree in good faith and work from there. I've noticed this again with ESEA reauthorization and State of the Union postmortems. Here are two takeaways.

August 10, 2012

When Policymakers Attack: Two Key Lessons

Over at This Week in Education, the sharp-penned John Thompson offered his take on Monday's RHSU post (in which I advised educators to get over their policy allergies). Thompson wrote, "When 'smart, talented leaders complain about ill-conceived accountability systems,' Hess tells them to, 'get ove...

August 08, 2012

Thinking Policy: Four Tips for Educators

As I wrote on Monday, edu-leaders need to get over their distaste for policy. Let me say it again: edu-leaders are spending the public's money to serve the public's kids in public institutions. Educators are in the policy business, like it or not. This means, practically speaking, the only real que...

August 06, 2012

Edu-Leaders: Get Over Your Policy Allergies

Hidy, all. I'm back. I've been away teaching at UPenn and Rice, working with Clark County and the folks at UVA's turnaround program, and generally trying to catch up on writing that got stacked up while I was scrambling to finish Cage-Busting Leadership. Happily, I could once again turn RHSU over ...

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