The Education Gadfly Show

It's a Mike and Rick reunion, during which, amid much catching up, they discuss the tweaking of mayoral control in New York City, the slashing of school busing in some districts (figuratively, not literally), and the changes to Rhode Island's teacher evaluation systems. Then Amber explains Marguerite Roza's latest rapid response paper and Rate that Reform travels to Asia (just like many members of Congress).
This week, Andy is back as guest co-host, joined by our Rick. They discuss the New York Times debate on standardized tests, whether Race to the Top needs a lesson in humility, and the chutzpah of teacher unions recruiting members at successful charter schools. Amber talks Master's degrees and compensation in her Research Minute and Rate that Reform grades the "pay-off-the-teacher-so-you-don?t-have-to-participate" tactic.
This week, Andy is back as guest co-host, joined by our Rick. They discuss the New York Times debate on standardized tests, whether Race to the Top needs a lesson in humility, and the chutzpah of teacher unions recruiting members at successful charter schools. Amber talks Master's degrees and compensation in her Research Minute and Rate that Reform grades the "pay-off-the-teacher-so-you-don?t-have-to-participate" tactic.
Mike declares the podcast coup over as he returns from his travels. He and Andy Smarick, now officially a routine guest host, discuss Duncan's Race to the Top criteria, Fordham's new graduation-rate primer, and Florida's template "poof" phrases on the state test. Then Amber, much tanner and rested but still bringing a research punch, discusses CEP's latest report on the test score "plateau effect." Stafford finishes up with a teacher party gone wild--and paid for with public dollars--on Rate that Reform.
Mike declares the podcast coup over as he returns from his travels. He and Andy Smarick, now officially a routine guest host, discuss Duncan's Race to the Top criteria, Fordham's new graduation-rate primer, and Florida's template "poof" phrases on the state test. Then Amber, much tanner and rested but still bringing a research punch, discusses CEP's latest report on the test score "plateau effect." Stafford finishes up with a teacher party gone wild--and paid for with public dollars--on Rate that Reform.
With Mike and Rick playing hooky, Andy and Stafford stage a coup of the podcast. They discuss Obama's solidarity speech to the NAACP, the end of privately-paid-for teacher aides in New York City, and a stimulus funding snafu that's left Arizona $250 million in the red. With Amber on vacation, we then skip to Mickey's Rate that Mascot and the reemergence of the summertime Gentleman's C.
With Mike and Rick playing hooky, Andy and Stafford stage a coup of the podcast. They discuss Obama's solidarity speech to the NAACP, the end of privately-paid-for teacher aides in New York City, and a stimulus funding snafu that's left Arizona $250 million in the red. With Amber on vacation, we then skip to Mickey's Rate that Mascot and the reemergence of the summertime Gentleman's C.
This week, Mike and Rick discuss the ascent of Representative Kline to ranking minority leader on the House Committee on Education and Labor, Detroit Public Schools' dance with bankruptcy, and Duncan's emphasis on structural reforms. Amber breaks down a new study on old NAEP data that looks at black-white achievement gaps and Rate that Reform talks guns in schools.
This week, Mike and Rick discuss the ascent of Representative Kline to ranking minority leader on the House Committee on Education and Labor, Detroit Public Schools' dance with bankruptcy, and Duncan's emphasis on structural reforms. Amber breaks down a new study on old NAEP data that looks at black-white achievement gaps and Rate that Reform talks guns in schools.
Andy Smarick, filling in for beach-bound Mike, and Rick discuss Arne Duncan's speech to the NEA, Deval Patrick's latest plan to turn around Massachusetts schools, and emphasizing more math in preschool. Then Amber tells us about an AIR report that compares the achievement of Massachusetts and Hong Kong and Rate that Reform talks weddings--between teacher and student! Finally, we say goodbye to Christina "NPR-voice" Hentges, who moderates Pardon the Gadfly for the very last time.

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