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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.

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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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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Policy & Politics Opinion 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens
Today, we report on the top 10 finishers for five disciplinary categories and give a special nod to junior faculty who made the rankings.
Rick Hess, January 7, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion The 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings
These rankings recognize the university-based scholars in the U.S. who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy.
Rick Hess, January 6, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion The 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Scoring Rubric
Tomorrow, Rick Hess will be unveiling the 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Here is the methodology used to generate those rankings.
Rick Hess, January 5, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion What It Takes to Be an Effective Public Scholar
On Wednesday, Rick Hess will be publishing the 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, so he wants to take a few moments today to explain the purpose of those rankings.
Rick Hess, January 4, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion Coming Next Week: 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings
Just a heads-up that next week, we'll be running the 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.
Rick Hess, January 1, 2021
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Federal Opinion New Year's Resolutions for Those Moving Into the U.S. Department of Ed.
Rick offers New Year's resolutions for the Biden appointees who will soon take charge at the federal Department of Education.
Rick Hess, December 30, 2020
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Policy & Politics Opinion The Top 10 RHSU Columns of 2020
Rick takes a look at some of the most popular or most impactful RHSU posts from 2020.
Rick Hess, December 28, 2020
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Federal Opinion What Would a Democratic Sweep of the Ga. Runoffs Mean for Education?
Even a strong Democratic showing on Jan. 5 is likely to have a more modest impact on education than many might imagine.
Rick Hess, December 21, 2020
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Federal Opinion An Exit Interview With Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Secretary DeVos shares some thoughts with Rick on her experiences, what she learned in office, and what advice she’d offer her successor.
Rick Hess, December 15, 2020
8 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion Biden's Victory Will Complicate Union Resistance to School Reopening
If Biden says kids should be back in school, unions can no longer insist school reopening is just a Trumpian rush back to business as usual.
Rick Hess, December 3, 2020
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Leadership Opinion Education Is Looking a Lot Like Cambridge, Mass.
The world of education has positioned itself as a fortress of progressivism, and the right has responded in kind.
Rick Hess, November 30, 2020
4 min read
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Federal Opinion What Makes for an Effective Secretary of Education?
Having enjoyed a front-row seat for the tenures of the past 5 secretaries of education, Rick has concluded there are a half-dozen traits that President-elect Biden should seek in his choice.
Rick Hess, November 18, 2020
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