EdSource Podcasts

Counselors or cops in Pomona Unified; full-day kindergarten in every school

September 20, 2019

This week: We interview Jesus Sanchez, a community organizer and founder of Gente Organizada, and Iris Villalpando, a student leader, about why they fought so hard to change spending priorities in Pomona Unified School District; and we speak with reporter Zaidee Stavely about a bill on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk that would require every school to offer at least one full-day kindergarten class.

Big school bond with reforms, new pitch to presidential candidates

September 14, 2019

This week: We interview Jeff Vincent, of the Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley, about whether the proposed $15 billion bond measure will solve funding inequities; and we interview Laura Schifter, the policy director of a new coalition, ED2020, whose goal is to persuade presidential candidates.

Debating the merits of ranking schools; finding funding to repair them

September 7, 2019

This week: We interview Michael Kirst, the former president of the State Board of Education, about why adopting a ranking system for district and charter schools can be arbitrary and unhelpful; and we also discuss the possibility of a state construction bond for K-12 and community college facilities on the March 2020 ballot.

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.