EdSource Podcasts

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.

This Week in California Education: Episode 83, November 24, 2018

November 23, 2018

We analyze reasons for Tony Thurmond’s victory over Marshall Tuck as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. We also speak with Mariam Abdullah of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, who cites the benefits of raising a grateful child.

This Week in California Education: Episode 82, November 17, 2018

November 17, 2018

This week, an interview with Mandy Corbin, assistant superintendent of the Sonoma County Office of Education, on a devastating wildfire’s toll on families and schools. She helped coordinate the response to the state’s last big wildfire a year ago.

This Week in California Education: Episode 81, November 3, 2018

November 3, 2018

This week, political observer and education consultant Kevin Gordon explains why the race for state superintendent, a position with little power to make policy, is attracting $50 million in spending. Louis recalls a contentious state superintendent campaign a half-century ago.

This Week in California Education: Episode 80, October 27, 2018

October 27, 2018

State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Tony Thurmond gives his take on the role of big money donations in the campaign. He explains how he’d rebuild the California Department of Education and why a “pause” in approving new charter schools is needed.

This Week in California Education: Episode 79, October 20, 2018

October 19, 2018

This week, EdSource higher ed reporter Larry Gordon discusses financial pressures that are forcing many Cal State students to work multiple jobs and the toll it takes on their grades. A Fresno State senior describes life juggling college and work.

This Week in California Education: Episode 78, October 13, 2018

October 13, 2018

This week, Marshall Tuck, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, lays out his vision for the job and plans for strengthening the California Department of Education and expanding state’s education data system. He, Louis and John also discuss the role of money in this race.

This Week in California Education: Episode 77, October 6, 2018

October 6, 2018

This week: The fourth year of Smarter Balanced test scores. Louis and John discuss the results and when the state should expect to see more progress. Plus bills the governor signed and vetoed, and his decision not to extend the state’s ban on suspensions for defiance and disruption.