EdSource Podcasts

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!

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

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.

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.

This Week in California Education: Episode 5, March 18, 2017

March 18, 2017

In this week’s episode of This Week in California Education, EdSource Executive Director Louis Freedberg, and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald discuss Trump administration’s cuts in education funding, the new California school dashboard, teacher layoffs, and signs of life in the race to be California schools chief.

This Week in California Education: Episode 4, March 11, 2017

March 11, 2017

In this week’s episode of This Week in California Education, EdSource Executive Director Louis Freedberg, and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald discuss the imminent release of the long-awaited California School Dashboard, the impact on CA of congressional vote to rescind ESSA accountability regulations, how Trump and DeVos are framing “school choice” as a civil rights initiative and more.

This Week in California Education: Episode 3, March 4, 2017

March 3, 2017

In this week’s episode of This Week in California Education, EdSource Executive Director Louis Freedberg, and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald discuss why California’s per-pupil spending varies so much, Long Beach Unified’s rejected effort to replace the 11th grade Smarter Balanced assessment with the SAT and the future of Common Core in California under the Trump administration.

This Week in California Education: Episode 2, Feb 25, 2017

February 25, 2017

Executive director of EdSource Louis Freedberg, and John Fensterwald follow up on Long Beach Unified’s push to administer SAT test in place of Smarter Balanced in 11th grade and discuss Common Core, Dream Act grants, California’s national ranking on AP tests, and the state’s new accountability system.

This Week in California Education: Episode 1, Feb 18, 2017

February 18, 2017

Executive director of EdSource Louis Freedberg, and John Fensterwald discuss the use of the SAT exam in 11th grade in place of Smarter Balanced or PARC, Betsy DeVos’s first full week as secretary of education, the future of ESSA regulation implementation, and the high price of preschool and child care in California.