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Frederick Hess
Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute

Frederick M. Hess is a Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also Executive Editor of Education Next. He is best known for his work on a broad range of K-12 and higher education issues including accountability in education, charter schooling and school choice, the politics of education reform, collective bargaining, No Child Left Behind, teacher and administrative preparation, certification and licensing, school governance, college affordability, and the importance of entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hess's books include No Remedy Left Behind (AEI Press, 2007), Footing the Tuition Bill (AEI Press, 2007), Educational Entrepreneurship (Harvard Education Press, 2006), No Child Left Behind: A Primer (Peter Lang 2006), Tough Love for Schools (AEI Press, 2006), With the Best of Intentions (Harvard Education Press, 2005), Urban School Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2005), Leaving No Child Behind? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Common Sense School Reform (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom? (Harvard Education Press, 2004), Revolution at the Margins (Brookings Institution Press, 2002), School Choice in the Real World (Westview, 1999), Spinning Wheels (Brookings Institution Press, 1999), and Bringing the Social Sciences Alive (Allyn & Bacon, 1999). He has also authored influential monographs including "Tear Down This Wall: The Case for a Radical Overhaul of Teacher Certification" (Progressive Policy Institute, 2001), "A License to Lead? A New Leadership Agenda for America's Schools" (Progressive Policy Institute, 2003), and "A Better Bargain: Overhauling Teacher Collective Bargaining for the 21st Century" (Harvard University, 2006).

In addition, Dr. Hess's work has appeared in scholarly journals including Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, Teachers College Record, the Journal of Teacher Education, Policy Studies Journal, Educational Policy, Education and Urban Society, and Urban Affairs Review. He has also written for general interest publications like National Review, the Weekly Standard, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and Philanthropy, and for educational publications such as the American School Board Journal, Phi Delta Kappan, Education Week, Educational Leadership, and School Administrator.

Dr. Hess is also a faculty associate of the Harvard University Program in Education Policy and Governance and serves as Innovations Advisor in Education and Training for the Ash Institute at Harvard University. He is on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, the Research Advisory Board for the National Center for Educational Accountability, and the Charter School Accreditation Advisory Board of the American Academy for Liberal Education. He is also a senior research associate for the School Choice Demonstration Project at Georgetown University. From 2001-2003, he served on the National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education.

A former public high school social studies teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Hess has held teaching licenses in Louisiana and Massachusetts. He holds an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. Prior to joining AEI, Dr. Hess taught education and politics at the University of Virginia and served as a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.

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Michael Mulgrew United Federation of Teachers
Charlie Peters The Washington Monthly
Robert Joffe Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Steven Kelman Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
Jeanie Moore Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Richard Louv Last Child in the Woods

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  • Risk and Legal Fear in Schools
    With Lenore Skenazy, Frederick Hess, Megan Rosker, Walter Olson, and Nancy McDermott. Start date: June 5