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Behind the Headline: AltSchool, the High-Tech Ed Experiment, Announces New Locations in Manhattan and California by Education Next

On Top of the News AltSchool, the High-Tech Ed Experiment, Announces New Locations in Manhattan and California The 74 | 9/15/15 Behind the Headline The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-Schools Education Next| Summer 2015 AltSchool, an education startup with schools in four locations and over $133 million in funding, will have ten school sites open in 2016, its founder says. AltSchool, which comes from “alternative school,”...

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How independent schools can ward off disruption

Anna Gu, formerly a research assistant at the Clayton Christensen Institute, and I coauthored this piece. The prospect of disruption looms on the horizon for many of America’s independent schools. They face difficulties not unlike those of the country’s higher education system, where the increasingly burdensome cost of the postsecondary experience is causing the traditional college business model to break at its seams at the same...

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Micro-school parents, students build one-room schoolhouses of today

The one-room schoolhouse calls to mind pastoral scenes from an older, more rural America, but many of its ideals are once again becoming the schooling reality for a handful of students in some of our most tech-forward cities today. These students attend micro-schools—small, independently-run education options for families that want personalization for their children but cannot or do not want to homeschool them. Micro-schools come in...