Utah Valley University offers career and technical education, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees under one roof, all for the average out-of-pocket tuition of $1,700.

Choice advocates tend to argue that school choice "works," the public school system is a failure, and moral authority is on their side. There's a much stronger argument.

Rick talks with Keara Mascareñaz, managing partner at Education Elements, who's helped about 1,000 school and district teams work to change their organizational culture.

Even the most promising education innovations often struggle to gain traction. In a new paper, New Classrooms CEO Joel Rose identifies three barriers to innovation and what to do about them.

Williamson College of the Trades is a character-driven trade school enrolling 260 students, all of whom graduate debt-free. Rick talks with President Michael Rounds about how it works.

When Americans talk about education, it might be the only instance when they debate whether money matters. We need to reframe that conversation.

Rick talks with the CEO of Nimble, a venture that uses tech-based solutions to help about 50 school districts (with nearly half a million students) find the teachers they want.

Eager vendors, early-adopting educators, and media adulation can be taken as evidence that a reform is going swimmingly—but these signs are frequently misread.

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.

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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