This week, Louis Freedberg and John Fensterwald discuss the impact on  California education of  Michael Kirst, who announced he will retire when his term on the State Board of Education expires in December. Kirst has advised Gov. Jerry Brown for four decades,  served as board president for 16 years and was an architect significant changes in education policy over the past eight years. Louis and John also talk about the trouble-free Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, which students are taking for the fourth year this spring. And, of course, there’s politics to talk about: The primary election for governor and state superintendent of public instruction is four weeks away and heating up.

For background:

Mike Kirst announces he’ll retire and reflects on his career in education policy

In his own words: Kirst’s April 2018 lecture to the American Educational Research Association 

On the campaign trail, a push to strip school funding for undocumented students.