The Education Gadfly Show

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.
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.
In this week's very special 4th of July episode, Mike and Rick tackle a trio of recent education-related Supreme Court decisions, including ones on strip searching, special education and English language learners. Then, Amber dissects Rick's recent report on college graduation rates (but she doesn't go soft on him!). And Stafford isn't afraid to express how she really feels about people who speed past unloading school buses in Rate That Reform.
This week, the dynamic duo pledge a pact of eternal twin-nery (with bracelets!), while they discuss Philly's passing pressure, the new "Broader, Bolder" brief, and the demise of 400 Maryland Avenue's little red NCLB schoolhouses. Then, Amber gives CREDO's charter school achievement report a hard shake and Rate That Reform debates classroom video surveillance.

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