The November elections, slightly more than three months away, could be the most momentous for education in American history.
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July 27, 2020
June 16, 2020
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
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
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
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
I spent last week up at the Harvard Ed School teaching my class, "Debating Education Policy," and had a few takeaways.
January 22, 2015
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
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
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
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 ...