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Frederick Hess, AEI's director of education policy studies, is an educator, political scientist, author, and popular speaker and commentator. He has authored such influential books as Spinning Wheels, Revolution at the Margins, and Common Sense School Reform. A former public high school social studies teacher, he has also taught education and policy at universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Rice, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is executive editor of Education Next, a faculty associate with Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education. At AEI, Mr. Hess addresses a range of K-12 and higher education issues.

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When Does Educational Equity Become Educationally Unethical?

"The push for equity stumbles into a truly gruesome place when educators are being trained or directed to shortchange some students based on how they look or where they live."
Jim Balfanz

City Year CEO on Supporting Students Through the Pandemic

Monitoring chats, and making sure students are showing up and signing on.
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What’s It Take for Philanthropy to Help Rural Schools?

Building trust, measuring impact informally may work in other places, too.
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How Jeb Bush’s ExcelinEd Is Tackling the Next 5 Years

"With the disruption of the pandemic, we have the opportunity to innovate."
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Remembering Harvard’s Richard Elmore

A profound and hugely influential scholar
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Outschool CEO on How to Engage Half a Million Virtual Learners

Group guitar lessons, math-and-Minecraft see rapid growth online.
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Five Intuitions to Guide Assessment in 2021 and After

Parental choice is a form of accountability, too.
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Biden Eliminated the 1776 Commission But Not the Need for ‘Patriotic’ Education

"Portraying the American tale as an endless parade of horribles isn’t any more honest than cartoonish accounts of American wonderfulness."
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Miguel Cardona Deserves a Chance to Prove His Mettle

"Stealth” status of Biden nominee has an expiration date.
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2021 Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens

And a special nod to junior faculty who earned spots on the list.

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