Betsy DeVos and the Manichean Impulse – by Frederick Hess

Earlier this week, Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, a longtime education advocate and philanthropist, testified before the Senate education committee. In some quarters—in quite a few, actually—her nomination has been portrayed as a horrific development. Just days after DeVos’s nomination was announced, the New York Times ran an ...

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The Answer Sheet: Education Deans to Trump: We’re ‘Seriously Concerned’ About Your Agenda

The Answer Sheet: Education Deans to Trump: We’re ‘Seriously Concerned’ About Your Agenda President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos pose for photographs on Nov. 19 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) More than 175 deans of colleges and schools of education across the United ...

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MLK Day 2017: Breaking Barriers in the Bronx

From a peace march in the Bay Area to a city clean up in Bridgeport, buildOn students across the country honored Dr. King’s legacy by serving their communities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. And in the Bronx, buildOn students had Dr. King’s peaceful activism in mind as they teamed up with the NYPD to canvass the community and promote ...

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The Five-Tool Scholar – by Frederick Hess

On Wednesday in this space, I’ll be publishing the 2017 Rick Hess Straight Up (RHSU) Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, honoring and ranking the 200 education scholars who had the biggest influence on the nation’s education discourse last year. Today, I want to take a few moments to explain the purpose of those rankings (and ...

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