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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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Shane Lemieux, a offensive tackle for the West Valley High School Rams varsity football team and 17-year-old native of Yakima, Wash., dons his helmet before a game against the Wenatchee High School Panthers at West Valley High School in Yakima, Wash., Oct. 31, 2014.

Would High School Football Be Safer Without Helmets?

Players wouldn't use their heads as weapons, the argument goes.
Governor Lamont, a Democrat, has condemned the reported statements and called for an investigation.

“If they’re Catholic? Conservative. . . . You don’t hire them.”

Assistant principal of Connecticut public school is put on leave after undercover taping
Cover of Class Dismissed by Kevin McIntosh

A Veteran Teacher Pens a Not-Your-Typical Novel About Schools. And That’s a Good Thing

The characters are more richly drawn than is usual in novels about education
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.”
Logo for Tennesee's Grow Your Own program

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.
Photo of Michael Brickman

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.

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