The Education Gadfly Show

On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and Checker Finn discuss the growing left-right schism in education reform, whether we need more than just "no-excuses" charter schools for poor kids, and a Maryland county’s attempt to diversify its gifted programs. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines the effectiveness of SEED DC, the nation’s first public, urban, college-preparatory boarding school.
On this week’s podcast, Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk discuss the debate sparked by Robert Pondiscio’s recent article, the Department of Education’s proposed ESSA regulations, and Kansas’s school funding debacle. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines whether a teacher observation framework can affect student outcomes.
On this week’s podcast, Robert Pondiscio and Alyssa Schwenk look at the radical Left’s attempted takeover of education reform, Common Core’s impact on the achievement gap, and the difficulty in measuring charter school quality. During the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines whether a teaching exam predicts educator effectiveness.
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.

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