The Education Gadfly Show

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and Brandon Wright discuss the Department of Education’s guidance on transgender rights, Jay Mathews’s call for new ways to measure student success under ESSA, and their favorite Wonkathon submissions. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern explains the varying success of private schools in Milwaukee.
On this week’s podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Brandon Wright discuss why teachers turn to the internet for lesson plans, whether David Brooks gets it right on grit, and how reformers can better facilitate effective parental choice. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern explains how voucher programs across the globe affect math and reading achievement.
On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio talk Trump, the role of test scores in determining school quality, and the opt-out movement. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern explains how the threat of NCLB sanctions reduced teacher absences.
On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio celebrate Prince’s little-known legacy in the world of education, assess education policies that hold parents accountable, and question the alleged diversity of the opt-out movement. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the causes and effects of test score manipulation in New York State.
On this week's podcast, Alyssa Schwenk and Robert Pondiscio discuss the Vergara defeat, Education Secretary John King's call for a "well-rounded" American education, and Hillary Clinton's stance on standardized testing. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern explains recent teacher implementation efforts of new K-12 standards for mathematics and English language arts.
On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk refute the idea that CTE is at odds with college, critique draft ESSA regulations’ neglect of high-achievers, and discuss a New York City lawsuit alleging the city’s schools are unsafe. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern explains charter high schools’ effects on long-term attainment and earnings.
On this week’s podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Brandon Wright discuss Donald Trump’s effect on education reform, efforts to improve gifted education in Illinois, and Eva Moskowitz’s disapproval of the opt-out movement. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines school turnaround efforts in North Carolina.
On this week's podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Alyssa Schwenk discuss Sean "Diddy" Combs's new Harlem charter school, the fizzling out of the Friedrichs Supreme Court case, and America's lack of effective teacher training. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern reviews the 2016 Brown Center Report on American Education.
In this week’s podcast, Alyssa Schwenk and Brandon Wright discuss Washington State’s new charter school bill, John Kasich’s education record, and the use of on-topic streaming video in classrooms. In the Research Minute, David Griffith explains the benefits of grouping high-IQ kids with high-achievers.
In this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli welcomes guest host Dan Scoggin, founder of Great Hearts Academies charter schools. They discuss whether Senator Bernie Sanders misunderstands how charter schools function, how schools like Great Hearts can serve students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, and what the U.S. Department of Education might look like if Ben Carson were Secretary. In the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the long term effects of disruptive peers in American classrooms.

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