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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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A Blueprint for Back to School

What will it take to get schools ready?

Superintendent Floats Fall Scenario of “Hybrid” Reopening

Students would “attend school certain days of the week and learn from home on others.”

“Existential Fear and Constant Worry”

Stockton, California, school superintendent John Deasy on the Covid-19 crisis: “The daily death rates and new case announcements are very difficult to wrap your head around. It is like the shock of 9/11 every week.”

AP Classes Move to YouTube with Unannounced Celebrity Guests

Trevor Packer, head of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board, on offering tests and education amid the Coronavirus crisis.

“The Decision To Reopen Will Be Much More Difficult”

Former Montgomery County Superintendent Josh Starr on the “hurry up and wait” coronavirus reality for school leaders.

In School Response to Coronavirus, States Lead the Way

“From Illinois, recommendations for minimum and maximum learning time per day, based on students’ ages.”

Coronavirus Could Spur Shift to Year-Round School Schedule

“Consider calling it summer at this point and adjust to a new calendar.”

Chiefs for Change COO Weighs in on Challenges of Coronavirus

“The decision to reopen school facilities is a public-health decision that is out of our hands.”

During Coronavirus Crisis, How Can State Leaders Help Schools?

“Should schools run longer school days or summer school to catch students up, or should they call a mulligan on this year and start afresh in the fall?”

Betsy DeVos on Coronavirus: What Are the Feds Doing to Help Schools?

“Students who never anticipated being distance learners, and educators who are only used to teaching in a classroom, are now having to figure out ways to keep learning going.”

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