The Education Gadfly Show

Rick and Amber are back, and what a show it is. First Rick and Mike discuss Diane Ravitch'*s new book, the Central Falls firings, and whether Governors Crist and Jindal are in a pickle. Then, Amber gives us the scoop on Boston teacher hiring, firing, and retention stats and Rate that Reform crosses the pond.
Rick relocates to snowy locales, while Andy sits in. This week, he and Mike discuss Fordham's new paper on "private public schools," Obama's announcement to tie Title I to "career-and college-ready" standards, and Tim Pawlenty's metaphorical use of the nine-iron, all while listening to Nico Petrilli (that's Mike's son) rap. (There's an app for that.) Amber's away too, so we skip to Rate that Reform, where Stafford gets exercised about Webcamgate.
Rick relocates to snowy locales, while Andy sits in. This week, he and Mike discuss Fordham's new paper on "private public schools," Obama's announcement to tie Title I to "career-and college-ready" standards, and Tim Pawlenty's metaphorical use of the nine-iron, all while listening to Nico Petrilli (that's Mike's son) rap. (There's an app for that.) Amber's away too, so we skip to Rate that Reform, where Stafford gets exercised about Webcamgate.
This week, Mike and Rick discuss charter schools' racial and socioeconomic makeup, long-term suspensions for school fighting, and parental input into L.A.'s school turnarounds. The Research Minute is on vacation this week, so we skip straight to Rate that Reform, which considers Oregon's possible new grading model.
This week, Mike and Rick discuss charter schools' racial and socioeconomic makeup, long-term suspensions for school fighting, and parental input into L.A.'s school turnarounds. The Research Minute is on vacation this week, so we skip straight to Rate that Reform, which considers Oregon's possible new grading model.
It's the Arne Duncan edition, as Mike and Rick discuss Duncan's new budget, new plan for NCLB, and (not so) new but so true comments on NOLA. Then Amber gives us the lowdown on the new "Hope, Fears and Reality" report and Rate that Reform stands up for dictionaries.
It's the Arne Duncan edition, as Mike and Rick discuss Duncan's new budget, new plan for NCLB, and (not so) new but so true comments on NOLA. Then Amber gives us the lowdown on the new "Hope, Fears and Reality" report and Rate that Reform stands up for dictionaries.
Mike and Rick tackle Duncan's secret RTTT panels, the impact of Obama's "spending freeze," and leadership voids in a few left-of-center ed policy shops. Then Amber explains the new OECD findings and Rate that Reform goes red.
Mike and Rick tackle Duncan's secret RTTT panels, the impact of Obama's "spending freeze," and leadership voids in a few left-of-center ed policy shops. Then Amber explains the new OECD findings and Rate that Reform goes red.
How could those two things be related? The priceless combination of Mike's baby-caused sleep-deprived state and Rick's witty plug for his forthcoming tome, of course. All while they chew over whether the Race to the Top has been a success and the implications of Scott Brown's election as U.S. Senator. Then Amber gives us the scoop on a new evaluation of Head Start and Rate that Reform guards its private property.

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