EdSource Podcasts

This Week in California Education: Episode 88, January 5, 2019

January 5, 2019

This week, Louis and John speak with retiring Gov. Jerry Brown about his philosophy of education and his views on charter schools, the use of student data and what education leaders agree will be his most important contribution: the Local Control Funding Formula.

This Week in California Education: Episode 87, December 29, 2018

December 29, 2018

This week, John and Louis review memorable events and stories from 2018 and revisit some of John’s predictions for the year and how they turned out. Plus an update from EdSource reporter Zaidee Stavely about the effect on children of the Trump administration’s proposed restrictions on granting green cards to immigrants who have received government aid.

This Week in California Education: Episode 86, December 22, 2018

December 20, 2018

This week, John and Louis discuss the impending teacher strike in Los Angeles Unified School District with KPCC reporter Kyle Stokes, who has reported extensively on the crisis. They also speak with Kyla Johnson Trammell, superintendent of Oakland Unified, which is facing budget turmoil, school closures and tensions with teachers.

This Week in California Education: Episode 85, December 15, 2018

December 14, 2018

This week: John speaks with Ed Trust-West’s Carrie Hahnel on California’s new career and college indicator for the school dashboard. And Marty Alvarado of Jobs for the Future talks to Louis about California’s investment in creating career pathways from high school into college and the workplace.

This Week in California Education: Episode 84, December 1, 2018

December 1, 2018

This week, what’s ahead for DACA recipients? Louis and John talk with EdSource reporter Zaidee Stavely, who has been following the issue, and hear from Salvador Cruz-Matus, a senior at CSU San Marcos who dreams of becoming an American citizen with a Ph.D. in plant biology. Also, the state’s new data on suspensions and expulsions in California schools.

This Week in California Education: Episode 83, November 24, 2018

November 23, 2018

We analyze reasons for Tony Thurmond’s victory over Marshall Tuck as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. We also speak with Mariam Abdullah of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, who cites the benefits of raising a grateful child.

This Week in California Education: Episode 82, November 17, 2018

November 17, 2018

This week, an interview with Mandy Corbin, assistant superintendent of the Sonoma County Office of Education, on a devastating wildfire’s toll on families and schools. She helped coordinate the response to the state’s last big wildfire a year ago.

This Week in California Education: Episode 81, November 3, 2018

November 3, 2018

This week, political observer and education consultant Kevin Gordon explains why the race for state superintendent, a position with little power to make policy, is attracting $50 million in spending. Louis recalls a contentious state superintendent campaign a half-century ago.

This Week in California Education: Episode 80, October 27, 2018

October 27, 2018

State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Tony Thurmond gives his take on the role of big money donations in the campaign. He explains how he’d rebuild the California Department of Education and why a “pause” in approving new charter schools is needed.