EdNext Podcast: What If the Government Regulated Schools But Did Not Run Them?

In earlier days, and in other countries, the government is the regulator of schools and provides quality control but does not directly operate all schools. This version of public education may better reflect American democracy, Ashley Berner notes. She joins Marty West to discuss pluralism and public education in this week’s episode of the EdNext podcast.

EdNext Podcast: Curriculum Is Key in Louisiana

Robert Pondiscio joins Marty West to discuss the curriculum-driven reform efforts led by the Louisiana Department of Education.

EdNext Podcast: Should Laptops Be Allowed in College Classrooms?

Susan Payne Carter talks with Marty West about her new study which found that students whose professors banned laptops and tablets from class outperformed students whose professors allowed the devices.

EdNext Podcast: Which Parents Want a Four-Year College for their Children?

In the 2017 EdNext poll on school reform, parents were asked whether they would rather send their child to a two-year college, a four-year college, or neither. When respondents are given information about the costs and benefits of the different options, this changes the decisions of some respondents, but not others.

EdNext Podcast: Poll Finds Decline in Support for Charter Schools

The podcast returns from summer vacation early so that EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West can discuss some key findings from the 2017 EdNext Poll with senior editor Paul E. Peterson.

EdNext Podcast: How Can Students Learn Better?

Researchers know more than ever before about how people learn, but our school systems struggle to translate this knowledge into student success.

In this episode, Ulrich Boser, the author of Learn Better, joins Marty West to discuss this paradox. Is the problem simply a failure of communication? Or is it deeper?

EdNext Podcast: Hugh Price’s African American Life

Hugh B. Price, former president of the National Urban League, joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his new memoir, “This African American Life.”

EdNext Podcast: Program Helps Colleges Recruit High-Achieving Hispanic Students

Jonathan Smith speaks with Marty West about how an effort to recognize high-scoring Hispanic students boosts the chances that those students will enroll in and graduate from four-year institutions.

EdNext Podcast: Indianapolis’ Unique Pursuit of Choice

Over the past decade, a growing number of urban school districts have responded to the presence of charter schools by providing some of their own schools the same flexibilities that charters enjoy. But few have gone as far as Indianapolis,

EdNext Podcast: How Charter Schools Can Avoid Financial Traps

One of the key advantages charter schools have is the flexibility to start from scratch financially. However, that advantage can quickly erode if charter schools make the same decisions as their district predecessors when it comes to spending on buildings, employees, and retirees. Marty West and Robin Lake discuss pitfalls that charter school entrepreneurs and those who support them need to avoid.

EdNext Podcast: Can a Federal School Choice Program Work?

Should the federal government launch a federal tax credit scholarship program, or will they inevitably muck this up?

EdNext Podcast: Unmasking School Spending

As of December 2018, school districts nationwide will be required to report exactly what they spend on each of their schools. Will that information kick off a new wave of school finance research and reform? Could it become one of the law’s most important legacies? Marty West discusses the change with Marguerite Roza of Georgetown University.

EdNext Podcast: Should You Hold Your Child Back from Kindergarten?

Each year, millions of parents nationwide must make a seemingly life-altering decision for their soon-to-be kindergartener: to redshirt or not to redshirt. Many parents believe that so-called “academic redshirting,” or the act of delaying a student’s kindergarten entrance by one year, will give their children a leg up not only when they first enroll in school, but throughout their educational careers and later in life. But is redshirting preschoolers really advantageous? Could it do more harm than good?

EdNext Podcast: High School History Class with Broadway’s Hamilton

Could Hamilton have an impact on the teaching of U.S. History in American high schools? That’s the vision behind the Hamilton Project, a major new effort to get the musical in the hands of kids, first in New York City, and eventually nationwide.

EdNext Podcast: The Unintended Consequences of Lowering Class Size

It is hard to think of a more popular education policy proposal than reducing class size, but reducing class size on a large scale can have major unintended consequences.

EdNext Podcast: A New Role for the Office for Civil Rights?

Shep Melnick explains how the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights works and what is likely to change under the Trump administration.

EdNext Podcast: Designing a Blended Learning School

What should schools look like in order to succeed with blended learning? Marty West talks with Larry Kearns about how he and his team designed two charter schools to support their blended learning models.

EdNext Podcast: Should Schools Close When Snow Falls?

EdNext’s Marty West talks with Josh Goodman, the author of “In Defense of Snow Days,” about research showing that declaring a snow day is better for students in the long run.

EdNext Podcast: Rebooting Professional Development

Can professional development for teachers be personalized? Michael Horn joins EdNext editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss a new way of doing professional development. Teachers identify the skills they want to acquire, receive specialized training, and are certified as having these new competencies, receiving a micro-credential, something akin to a merit badge.

EdNext Podcast: What Could We Expect on Ed From a Justice Gorsuch?

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick has been poring over Neil Gorsuch’s opinions as a federal judge to learn how he might approach the steady stream of education cases that inevitably make their way before the Supreme Court.

EdNext Podcast: ESSA — What You Need to Know

The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law passed in 2015, is part of what would seem to be a dying breed: major pieces of domestic policy legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. How did ESSA come to be? And what does it mean for American students?

EdNext Podcast: Will Students with Disabilities Receive Meaningful Benefits?

On January 11, 2017 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the most important special education case in thirty-five years, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. At issue was the level of services federal law requires school districts to provide students with disabilities. Marty West discusses the case with Josh Dunn, Ed Next’s legal beat columnist.

EdNext Podcast: Fixing Math Remediation

A new study finds that allowing students to skip remedial algebra and go right into a college-level statistics course has long-term benefits.

EdNext Podcast: Match Beyond Coaches Students to a College Degree

Mike Larsson, co-founder and chief operating officer of Match Beyond, talks with Marty West about how his program helps low-income students overcome the obstacles that prevent many from finishing college.

EdNext Podcast: DeVos and Detroit Schools

Depending on your news source, you might not realize that charter schools are actually outperforming district schools in Detroit.

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