EdSource Podcasts

Episode 93: Another California teacher strike nears

February 8, 2019

Oakland Unified could be the second district in California this year to go through the wrenching experience of a teachers’ strike. In this week’s podcast, Louis talks with EdSource reporter Theresa Harrington about the overwhelming vote by teachers to authorize a strike — and when it could happen.

We also talk with EdSource’s Larry Gordon about the big push at the California State University to improve graduation rates and how far many campuses have to go to reach their goals.

Episode 91: What’s in store for post-strike Los Angeles Unified?

January 25, 2019

This week, can teachers and L.A. Unified shed their acrimony from a strike and work together? Can the district afford commitments it negotiated? School board member Nick Melvoin and UCLA Professor John Rogers discuss the impact of the 7-day strike.

Episode 90: What does Gov. Newsom have in mind for early childhood education?

January 18, 2019

This week, Louis and John interview EdSource early education reporter Zaidee Stavely and Erin Gabel, deputy director of the state commission First 5 California, about the dramatic plans for expanding access to early childhood development and education in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal.

Episode 87, Dec. 29, 2018: The year in review in California education

December 29, 2018

This week, John and Louis review memorable events and stories from 2018 and revisit some of John’s predictions for the year and how they turned out. Plus an update from EdSource reporter Zaidee Stavely about the effect on children of the Trump administration’s proposed restrictions on granting green cards to immigrants who have received government aid.

Episode 86, Dec. 22, 2018: Teachers in turmoil – LA Unified faces prospect of strike

December 20, 2018

This week, John and Louis discuss the impending teacher strike in Los Angeles Unified School District with KPCC reporter Kyle Stokes, who has reported extensively on the crisis. They also speak with Kyla Johnson Trammell, superintendent of Oakland Unified, which is facing budget turmoil, school closures and tensions with teachers.

This Week in California Education: Episode 85, December 15, 2018

December 14, 2018

This week: John speaks with Ed Trust-West’s Carrie Hahnel on California’s new career and college indicator for the school dashboard. And Marty Alvarado of Jobs for the Future talks to Louis about California’s investment in creating career pathways from high school into college and the workplace.

This Week in California Education: Episode 84, December 1, 2018

December 1, 2018

This week, what’s ahead for DACA recipients? Louis and John talk with EdSource reporter Zaidee Stavely, who has been following the issue, and hear from Salvador Cruz-Matus, a senior at CSU San Marcos who dreams of becoming an American citizen with a Ph.D. in plant biology. Also, the state’s new data on suspensions and expulsions in California schools.