EdSource Podcasts

Newsom administration seeks compromise in push to reform charter law

July 12, 2019

This week: We discuss the compromises that the Newsom administration proposed on Assembly Bill 1505, and hear testimony from San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten; and we talk with Todd Ziebarth of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, about how events in California fits in with what is happening around the country. 

Coming to grips with children facing trauma

June 28, 2019

This week: We interview Dr. Jonathan Goldfinger, chief medical officer of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, to discuss a new parent survey created to identify children facing adverse experiences, such as violence, neglect or divorce; And we talk with Lisa Eisenberg, the policy director of the California School Based Health Alliance, about how hundreds of school-based health clinics will use the survey.

Teaching districts the ABCs of charter oversight; putting a school bond on 2020 ballot

June 21, 2019

This week: We interview the executive director of CARSNet, an organization run by the Alameda County Office of  Education that offers bootcamps and tutorials in charter school responsibilities; and we talk with Kyla Johnson-Trammell, who has faced a teachers strike and possible insolvency during her first two years as Oakland Unified superintendent.

Alarming absences in rural schools; big fight over new money for special ed

June 1, 2019

This week: Listen to students and counselors in rural California put a human dimension on disturbing data about why children struggling with poverty and isolation are staying out of school; and find out why a huge proposed increase for special education has become a major disagreement between the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Linda Darling-Hammond on districts that ‘beat the odds’

May 17, 2019

This week: Linda Darling-Hammond talks about a new study that focuses on school districts in California that achieved higher test scores for all or most students than their demographics predicted; and we discuss the new SAT “Adversity Score”.