EdSource Podcasts

This Week in California Education: Episode 20, July 22, 2017

July 21, 2017

This week: A frank report released by the California Community Colleges with a roadmap to increase transfer and grad rates and a rally in Sacramento organized Californians for Justice in defense of the Local Control Funding Formula and the finance and school reforms it’s put into place.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 18, July 8, 2017

July 7, 2017

This week: Should school districts be required to do more detailed reporting on how they spend state funds? Where in CA should educators go to produce more college graduates? How do some school districts convince students to take math courses — over the summer no less?

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 17, July 1, 2017

June 29, 2017

This week: Trump’s budget cuts cause fissures in the charter school movement, the implications of SCOTUS’s church preschool playground decision, CA CORE districts’ request to be declared “innovation zones,” and the push for school districts to be more assertive diagnosing children with dyslexia

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 16, June 17, 2017

June 16, 2017

This week: CA legislature approves FY18 budget, with increased funding for K-12 schools, DeVos criticizes charter advocates who don’t support other “school choice” options & Netflix CEO commits to long-term campaign to increase charter enrollments

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 14, June 3, 2017

June 1, 2017

In this edition of “This Week in California Education,” Executive Director Louis Freedberg, and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald bring you a special podcast from the Education Writers Association national seminar in Washington D.C. this week. They sought out national education leaders to get their perspectives on how California is doing on its education reforms, and its new “California School Dashboard” that ranks schools on multiple measures, not just test scores.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 13, May 27, 2017

May 26, 2017

This week Louis and John focus on money matters — Gov. Brown’s sending $1B to schools…in 2 years, what President Trump’s budget means for California and Congress restores Pell grants for summer school. Plus predictions for next week!

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 11, May 6, 2017

May 5, 2017

In this week’s episode: California Department of Ed taking advantage of the Trump admin’s more hands-off approach to education, CA Charter School Association flexing its muscles politically, a new partnership between Khan Academy and offices of education in Southern California

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 10, April 29, 2017

April 28, 2017

Executive Director Louis Freedberg, and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald take on the new push in the Legislature to increase probationary period for new teachers from two to three years, districts looking for help ending limits the state has placed on the amount of money they can keep in budget reserves, and Trump fails to follow through on his education pledges in his first 100 days — which critics say may be a good thing.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 9, April 22, 2017

April 21, 2017

This week we bring you a special edition of “This Week in California Education,” recorded at the One Voice Assembly sponsored by the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) in Sacramento this week. The event focused on how to promote greater college access and completion among California’s Latino students, who make up 3.4 million of the state’s 6.2 million public school students.

This Week in California Education: Episode 8, April 15, 2017

April 14, 2017

Executive Director Louis Freedberg, and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald are joined by staff writers Jane Adams and Larry Gordon to discuss kindergarten vaccination rates, high school graduation rates, K-12 suspension rates and more.

This Week in California Education: Episode 7, April 1, 2017

March 31, 2017

In this week’s episode of This Week in California Education, EdSource Executive Director Louis Freedberg, and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald discuss California school districts financial footing, the importance of full-day preschool and kindergarten, and Betsy DeVos’s most recent remarks on school choice.

This Week in California Education: Episode 6, March 25, 2017

March 24, 2017

In this week’s episode of This Week in California Education, EdSource Executive Director Louis Freedberg, and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald discuss funding for the state’s challenged special education system, California pushback against Pres. Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities and how charter schools could benefit from Trump’s education budget.