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Rick Hess

Board Member

Resident Scholar & Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

As the resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Rick Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. As an educator and political scientist, Rick has authored influential books such as Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, “Rick Hess Straight Up.”

Rick also serves as the executive editor of Education Next, is a faculty associate with Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and sits on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education.


Most Recent Posts
For Charter School Renewal, It’s About Active Listening
NACSA’s 2021 Supplemental Renewal Guidance encourages authorizers to approach COVID-era renewals with both an equity and high-quality accountability lens. The guidance offers sample questions and responses for authorizers, but is...
NACSA’s Four Recommendations for Improving the Charter School Program (CSP) State Entity Grant
The Charter Schools Program (CSP) is one of the few levers the federal government plays in charter schooling around the country. To date, the program has put more than $5...
NACSA Names Courtney Hughley as Vice President of Communications
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