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Figure 1. Number of Districts Opting for Remote, Multiple, Hybrid, or TBD Fall Start

Virtual Fall: America’s Largest School Districts Are Opting for Remote Starts

For millions of students, “back to school” will be online, from home.

Make Covid-Era K-12 Local Education More Like Daycare

Small-scale “nurture centers” can support remote learning for children of parents who aren’t available to homeschool

Jeb Bush: “My View Is the Schools Have To Open”

“Staying quarantined is not an option,” says the former Florida governor.

“Preparing for a Second Wave of Shutdowns in the Fall”

“Video games are an amazing tool for education,” Microsoft education executive says

Straight Up Conversation: Panorama CEO on Measuring College, Career, and Life Readiness

Rick talks with the CEO of Panorama Education, an ed-tech company whose college- and career-readiness tools are currently used each year in 11,500 schools.

In the News: Will Dallas Be the First Big-City District to Require Video Cameras in All Special Education Classrooms?

Trustees of the Dallas Independent School District recently voted to require video cameras in all special-education classrooms, the Dallas Morning News reports. Advocates say the cameras will help keep students safe and ease parent anxiety, while critics says it is costly and could violate student and teacher privacy.

In the News: Using Amazon Echo, Google Home to Learn: Skill of the Future or Bad Idea?

Education Week has a new article about the use of voice-activated technology in schools. In the Spring 2018 issue of Education Next, Michael Horn wrote about this topic under the headline "Hey Alexa, Can You Help Kids Learn More?"

Straight Up Conversation: First American to Win WISE Prize for Education Innovation

Rick talks with Larry Rosenstock, education icon, the founder and CEO of High Tech High, and recent recipient of the WISE Prize for Education, about what he's learned after a half century in education.

Straight Up Conversation: Can Outschool Bring the Gig Economy to K-12?

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.

Straight Up Conversation: Microsoft Chief Talks Augmented Reality in Schools

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.

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