Frederick M. Hess
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Why It Matters If the Common Core Is Less and Less "Common"

January 26, 2015 at 10:18 am

The Washington Post's Emma Brown has a solid piece today on the fact that the Common Core is becoming less "common." Forget the states that are seeking to abandon the Common Core; other states are backing away from the Common Core testing consortia, modifying the standards, renaming the standards (which will make it easier for future officials to modify them), and more. This matters—a lot—but it's often been lost amidst the back-and-forth between those who've glorified the standards and those who revile them.

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6 Takeaways from My Chat with House Edu-Chair John Kline

January 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

Yesterday, John Kline, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, spoke at AEI regarding what's ahead for education in the new Congress. (The video can be viewed here.) As you might imagine, most of the discussion focused on ESEA reauthorization, but we also touched on questions like President Obama's much-hyped plan for "free" community college. Here are six quick takeaways from the conversation.

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When Education Policy Debates Are More Than a Circus

January 22, 2015 at 9:49 am

I got to spend the past couple weeks up in Boston, teaching a between-terms course for my friends at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The course, "Debating Education Policy," attracted a terrific group of M.Ed. and doctoral students who cared enough to gut their winter break. Turned out, many thought they'd be getting a good seat to the usual ed policy circus.

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A SOTU Cheat Sheet

January 20, 2015 at 10:01 am

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union (SOTU) address tonight. This is one of those occasions when the talking heads try to read the tea leaves for what the year will bring. Especially given the natural appeal of education and the eagerness to find spots where bipartisan agreement is likely, CNN/FOX/MSNBC can sometimes misread those leaves when it comes to educational matters. Herewith, as a helpful cheat sheet, are a few thoughts on what to make of the president's edu-remarks and the ensuing commotion.

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Help Wanted: Seeking Rising Star to Become AEI Research Fellow

January 16, 2015 at 7:11 am

I've got a cool new opportunity for someone to join my edu-team at AEI. I'm looking for a research fellow to come and tackle K-12 issues. This is the job that Mike McShane has successfully inhabited for a while now, and it's like the job that launched Andrew Kelly on a path toward his current position as director of CHER here at AEI. The new Fellow will have the opportunity to work with a program and research team that, I'm firmly convinced, is the most talented, most disciplined, smartest, hardest-working, and nicest in the nation. It'll be a chance to work with a fantastic team on important questions, and to do so at a phenomenally supportive and intellectually vibrant institution. All in all, a pretty sweet gig for the right candidate.

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Cover of No Child Left Behind Cover of Tough Love for Schools Cover of Common Sense School Reform Cover of Revolution at the Margins Cover of Bringing the Social Sciences Alive Cover of Spinning Wheels

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