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Posted May 25, 2021

Education Needs a Bigger Tent, Not a Bigot Tent

In the past several years, right-leaning education reformers have been contemptuous of—and frustrated by—progressives who brought a justice orientation into the movement.  Back in 2015,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted May 30, 2018

Nice to See the Right and the Left Agree on Something, Too Bad They’re Both Wrong

Two former U.S. secretaries of education, Margaret Spellings, who served under President George W. Bush, and Arne Duncan, who served under President Barack Obama, think…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 6, 2018

The Right Is Distracting Us From Needed Gun Safety Laws by Creating a Myth About School Discipline

This is how myths are made. It typically starts with a view grounded in ideology. Then “research” is generated to support the view. Lastly, pundits…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

DeVos May Be a Lot of Things But a White Supremacist Isn’t One of Them

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently found herself, per usual, swarmed by protesters at a recent appearance at Harvard. But something stood out in the…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

Hey, Rick Hess, Know Your History on White Supremacy

Last week, Rick Hess lambasted not only the Harvard protesters who greeted Betsy DeVos with a banner reading “White Supremacist,” but all the progressive education…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 4, 2017

Some Advice for Young Education Reformers

Conservative education policy writer Rick Hess has a new book out called “Letters to a Young Education Reformer.” He invited me to join one of two…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 1, 2016

VIDEO: A ‘Hammered’ History of the Federal Role in Education, Starring Rick Hess and Michael Petrilli

I never, ever find conservatives funny but these two guys really crack me up. They are so funny, witty, insightful and charming. And did I…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

Rick Hess: Education Lines Cut From Obama’s #SOTU address

Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute enjoys reading what does and does not make it into the State of the Union address when it comes to education and today he shares with us the lines that made their home on the cutting room floor. This one is good for a laugh and brings some levity to the education space. I don't know about you, but I usually find that what doesn't get said is at least as interesting as the stuff that does. And…

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Posted Oct. 5, 2015

Duncan skeptic Rick Hess reflects on the Ed Sec’s upcoming departure

Rick Hess has put together some pieces (and tweets) calling out Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the areas where the two disagree (despite once agreeing whole-heartedly on many issues). As Duncan moves to step down, Rick decided to make one more push on the topic -- this time focusing on the need to be able to call out someone's actions without having others assume you doubt their "integrity and goodwill". I understand that he thought it…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Sep. 27, 2015

‘Old’ Rick Hess Has a Lot to Teach ‘New’ Rick Hess

Not so long ago, conservatives like education policy pundit Rick Hess thought the impact of education reform should be judged first and foremost by how…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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