This week: the podcast is devoted to exploring the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, in which the court struck down as unconstitutional the fees that teachers and other public employees were forced to pay to their unions as the cost of being represented by them.
This week: Former rivals Newsom & Villaraigosa vow to work together to defeat Republican Cox in the race for Governor, CA Community College system shifts to “performance-based budgeting” & the story behind $300M in new funds for low-performing students in the budget.
This week: John and Louis discuss the financial outlook for education in Gov. Jerry Brown’s final state budget, which includes enough money to reach the goal Brown set for his K-12 funding formula and forgo tuition increases for Cal State and UC.
This week: an entire episode devoted to the June 5 CA primary results with special guests Mark DiCamillo, director of the UC Berkeley IGS Poll & Professor Fernando Guerra, an expert on L.A. politics at Loyola Marymount University.
This week: What the leading candidates for state superintendent of public instruction have to say about how to keep schools safe, how to attract effective teachers to low-performing schools, whether to declare a moratorium on charter schools & more
This week: Recording from the Education Writers Association National Seminar, Louis and John discuss diversity in education and school discipline, two themes of the conference. Plus updates on CAs race for Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
This week: Michael Kirst’s impact on California education, trouble-free Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, and the primary election for governor and state superintendent of public instruction heating up.
This week: Who is Austin Beutner and why was he chosen the next superintendent of Los Angeles Unified? For two different views of his appointment, Louis and John speak with Nick Melvoin, vice-president of the school board, and John Rogers, a professor of education at ULCA.
This week: how rural schools are bringing cutting-edge tech to their students, the wave of teacher strikes across the country and their implications for CA and the value of teacher diversity especially in a state where students of color now comprise three-quarters of public school enrollment.
This week: CA’s push to get more young people registered to vote and to the polls, millions in pro-charter money pouring into the gubernatorial race is bringing K-12 education to the forefront & the implications of CA’s shockingly high childhood poverty rate