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Rethinking High School (and Accountability, Choice, and Philanthropy): Russlynn Ali of XQ Institute

As the CEO of the XQ Institute, Russlynn Ali oversees the ‘Super School Project,’ a high-profile, $100+ million competition aimed at spurring the “reinvention” of U.S. high schools.

As managing director of education at the private “impact investing” entity known as the Emerson Collective, she’s also on the frontline of some tectonic shifts in the world of education philanthropy.

And as a former assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education under President Barack Obama, Ali has plenty of thoughts about the direction of the federal education department under President Donald Trump’s appointee Betsy DeVos.

Following are five highlights from Ali’s on-the-record conversation with Hechinger Report editor-in-chief Liz Willen and about 45 education reporters from across the country, held here Tuesday at an event hosted by the Education Writers Association.