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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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Stig Leschly

How to Make College More Affordable? Try the Charter School Model

“If the accreditation barriers to the formation of new colleges can be lowered, human and philanthropic capital will mobilize.”
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What’s Ahead for the Nation’s First Federally Approved Teacher-Apprenticeship Program?

Tennessee finds a way for teachers to graduate with zero debt, and to be paid as they study.
Drana and Jack

A Search for Common Ground

Navigating tough classroom conversations

What Might Prevent Yet Another Tragedy Like Uvalde?

Red-flag laws can be used to keep these people from obtaining guns in the first place.
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Families May Like Their School But Want More Options. That’s Where Course Choice Comes In

Course choice permits students to take courses in addition to those offered by their local school district.
Book cover of Beyond Coding by Marina Umaschi Bers

Can Computer Coding Be Used to Teach Values? This Scholar Thinks So

The difference between "playpens" and "playgrounds"
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Why It’s So Tough to Get the Data Educators Want

“Data gaps” bedevil early childhood, school spending, postsecondary outcomes, and tutoring interventions.
Book cover of "The Real World of College" by Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner

A Research-Based Case For Transforming College

2,000 interviews precede recommendations for improved onboarding, mental health

What Edu-Scholars Have to Say About Their Field

Read widely. Find good collaborators. And pay more attention to the limitations of the research.

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