While thousands of the nation’s school systems were paralyzed by the pandemic, and some even bullied by teachers unions in the midst of it, in many communities, innovative schools, parent groups and other community organizations jumped in to serve students wherever they could. They did not wait to be told they could, or that it was allowed. They just did it. It was permissionless education, at its best. But don’t take my word for it. Look at the semi-finalists of the STOP Award, the quest for those who have provided Sustainable, Transformational, Outstanding and Permissionless education for students against all odds.