Rick talks with the CEO of Outschool, which is a marketplace for live online classes connecting over 30,000 students with over 1,000 teachers in 50 U.S. states and 35 countries.

Figuring out how to honor the spirit of community-led reform turns out to be more complicated than one might think. Deven Carlson has provided a useful brief on what a meaningful commitment to localism requires.

Pressure schools to raise graduation rates, and they'll raise graduation rates . . . somehow or other. Credit recovery may have become part of that "or other."

Advocates and industry leaders should focus less on the glittery promise of education technology—and more on ed tech's gritty reality.

Dan Ayoub, who helms Microsoft's education team after a decade leading the famed Halo gaming franchise, discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of bringing augmented and virtual reality to the classroom.

At the start of each school year, we get the two major annual polls on K-12 education. This year, the surveys were rife with provocative findings.

Rebecca Kantar leads Imbellus, which has raised over $24 million in venture funding to build simulation-based assessments deployed in over 20 countries.

Fearing to tell students they're responsible for doing their part is to set them up for failure. And worse: It's the rankest kind of prejudice.

Bridge in Nigeria is upskilling the teachers of around 300,000 children in 1,500 schools over four years, a rate of scaling which may be unprecedented in African history.

It's the dawn of a new school year. As Rick sat down to write about it, he got a premonition of how this school year will once again go for so many.

The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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