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Rick Hess Straight Up

Education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute think tank offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Read more from this blog.

Education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute think tank offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Follow Rick on Twitter, and also follow AEI’s Education Program.

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School & District Management Opinion New Resource Tracks School System Reopening
The Return to Learn Tracker identifies the current instructional model of all regular public school districts with three or more schools.
Rick Hess, February 25, 2021
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Education Funding Opinion What's It Take for Philanthropy to Help Rural Schools?
Place-based philanthropy has enormous potential to revitalize rural communities. The trick is, it’s tough to get this sort of approach right.
Rick Hess, February 22, 2021
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States Opinion How Jeb Bush’s ExcelinEd Is Tackling the Next 5 Years
Rick Hess talks with ExcelinEd CEO Patricia Levesque about the organization's goals to improve education after the pandemic and beyond.
Rick Hess, February 18, 2021
7 min read
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Policy & Politics Opinion Remembering Harvard’s Richard Elmore
Rick Hess pays tribute to the late Richard Elmore, education policy icon and longtime professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Rick Hess, February 16, 2021
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Classroom Technology Opinion Outschool CEO on How to Engage Half a Million Virtual Learners
Amir Nathoo, CEO of Outschool, discusses how offering classes on topics like Minecraft and Harry Potter can engage students in learning.
Rick Hess, February 11, 2021
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Assessment Opinion Five Intuitions to Guide Assessment in 2021 and After
Beyond the question of whether to test during COVID-19, there’s the equally crucial question of how to approach testing in 2021 and after.
Rick Hess, February 8, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Silicon Schools CEO Offers Hard-Earned Lessons on Remote Learning
Brian Greenberg, CEO of the Silicon Schools Fund, shares takeaways from an assessment of how his schools conducted remote learning.
Rick Hess, February 4, 2021
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Federal Opinion GOP Should Yank Marjorie Taylor Greene from House Ed. Committee
Greene has spread poisonous calumny about school shootings. Republicans should want her nowhere near a congressional educational committee.
Rick Hess, February 2, 2021
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Federal Opinion Biden Eliminated the 1776 Commission But Not the Need for 'Patriotic' Education
Rick Hess hopes President Biden will urge educators to acknowledge and explore the unifying, “patriotic” themes in the American story.
Rick Hess, February 1, 2021
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Curriculum Opinion Ian Rowe Discusses 1776 Unites and His Efforts to Promote a Vision of a Unified America
Ian Rowe, co-founder of 1776 Unites, discusses the initiative and its efforts to promote pathways to opportunity for Americans of all races.
Rick Hess, January 28, 2021
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Federal Opinion Miguel Cardona Deserves a Chance to Prove His Mettle
Miguel Cardona's lack of a paper trail means most of us don’t yet know enough about him to make an informed judgment. That's fine.
Rick Hess, January 25, 2021
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Federal Opinion Blessings and Best Wishes, President Biden
Rick Hess takes a moment to offer President-elect Biden his best wishes and to reflect on Inauguration Day.
Rick Hess, January 19, 2021
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Federal Opinion What Conservatives Should Be for When It Comes to Education
Education is ultimately about opportunity, community, and empowerment, and nothing should resonate more deeply with the conservative heart.
Rick Hess, January 14, 2021
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Federal Opinion What the Assault on the Capitol Means for Educators
Last week's assault on the seat of the American government points to a larger civic challenge that we must address together.
Rick Hess, January 11, 2021
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