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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 (AEI), author of books like The Same Thing Over and Over, Letters to a Young Education Reformer, and A Search for Common Ground, offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Rick’s takes are his alone and do not represent AEI or Education Week. Follow Rick on Twitter at @rickhess99.

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Accountability Opinion The Pandemic Disrupted Testing. States Should Seize Untapped Accountability Opportunities
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states have more freedom to revamp their testing and accountability systems than they did under NCLB.
Rick Hess, October 18, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion National School Boards Association Chooses to Be Part of the Problem
The NSBA chose to blur the distinction between permissible and suspect speech in suggesting the FBI should target unruly protesters.
Rick Hess, October 13, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Economist Eric Hanushek Reflects on Winning 'Education’s Nobel Prize'
Rick Hess speaks with Eric Hanushek about winning the 2021 Yidan Prize, his work, and lessons learned during an iconic career.
Rick Hess, October 12, 2021
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Education Funding Opinion Don’t Plan on That Federal Education Spending Spree
A Democratic spending spree once depicted as inevitable is shrinking before our eyes, meaning big implications for education.
Rick Hess, October 7, 2021
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Early Childhood Opinion The Problems With Biden’s Universal Pre-K Proposal
An early-childhood education leader expresses concerns that the universal pre-K plan risks separating pre-K from the wider child-care sector.
Rick Hess, October 4, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion What Ted Lasso Can Teach About Schooling
Kindness, optimism, and good cheer are important things, but they mustn’t be allowed to excuse ignorance, ineptitude, or failure.
Rick Hess, September 28, 2021
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Families & the Community Opinion A New Group Battling for Freedom of Thought in Education
Rick Hess speaks with the founder of a new network of teachers and parents who support freedom of thought and expression in education.
Rick Hess, September 23, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion The Consequence of Public-Health Officials Racing to Shutter Schools
Public-health officials' lack of concern for the risks of closing schools may shed light on Americans' reticence to embrace their directives.
Rick Hess, September 20, 2021
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Education Funding Opinion Manchin Just Downsized the Dems’ Massive Education Spending Plans
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin may have blown a gaping hole in the education community’s hopes for supersized new federal outlays.
Rick Hess, September 16, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion New Polling Shows the K-12 COVID Fights Aren’t Going Anywhere
Teachers, administrators, and school boards will continue to be squeezed between two angry, distrustful camps when it comes to COVID-19.
Rick Hess, September 13, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion When Educational Equity Descends Into Educational Nihilism
Schools need to buckle down to engage and educate kids—not lower (or eliminate) expectations in the name of “equity.”
Rick Hess, September 8, 2021
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School Choice & Charters Opinion What Do Parents Look for When Choosing a School?
New polling sheds light on what a nationally representative sample of parents had to say on this question this summer.
Rick Hess, September 7, 2021
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Teaching Opinion No, the Evidence Does Not Support Racial 'Affinity Spaces' in Schools
Supporters routinely assert that there’s evidence to justify affinity spaces, despite a startling lack of research actually supporting them.
Rick Hess, September 1, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Can College-Going Be Less Risky Without Being 'Free'?
Rick Hess speaks with Peter Samuelson, president of Ardeo Education Solutions, about Ardeo's approach to make paying for college less risky.
Rick Hess, August 25, 2021
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