EdSource Podcasts

Historic deal on charters, contention over more high school math

August 31, 2019

This week: We discuss big changes that could affect the state’s charter school law; and we also interview two key players with opposite perspectives on a controversial proposal by the California State University chancellor’s office to require a fourth year of math.

Fixing the college dropout ‘scandal’

August 24, 2019

This week: We interview David Kirp about his new book, The College Dropout Scandal; and we chat with Cal State Long Beach President Jane Conoley about efforts, starting in local high schools with the Long Beach Promise, to build an institutional culture that helps students to pursue and thrive in college.

Guidance on resilience, trauma from Paradise and El Paso

August 16, 2019

This week: We interview the new superintendent of Paradise Unified, about how the district is preparing for the emotional needs of students on their return to school; and we also interview Fernando Garcia, from the Border Network for Human Rights, about the existential threat to Latino and immigrant communities that a white supremacist shooter exposed.

Physics teachers in high demand; sticker-shock estimates for early ed

July 26, 2019

This week: We interview the president of the California Science Teachers Association to discuss the need for more physics teachers, as California schools move to implement new science standards; and we explore a new report that calculates the true cost of quality early education in California for all kids under 5.

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.