The Education Gadfly Show

Mike and Rick discuss Obama's inaugural address, the stimulus package, and charter school costs. Then Amber updates us on the latest tracking of alternative teacher routes and Rate That Reform takes a week off to recover from inaugural ball hopping.
We're back! This week, Mike and Rick discuss unionized charter schools, bailing out state education funds, and Bush's education legacy. Then Amber tells us about a new study of Boston charter schools and Rate That Reform gets fishy. Click here to listen through our website and peruse past editions.
Rick is back (and remains?a cave dweller). To celebrate, he and Mike give us a doozy of a podcast this week. First up, they discuss Arne Duncan's rise to cabinet-fame, the pseudo-scandal over DC's charter schools, and Oregon's decision to drop new math standards. Then, Amber gives us the 411 on a stellar new study on teacher preparation programs and Rate that Reform is back again with another belt-tightening strategy.
We welcome a statistical heavyweight as our guest host this week: former NCES commissioner Mark Schneider. He and Mike discuss the new TIMSS results, Scarsdale's AP banishment, and the trouble with fat kids?and the "Fat Kids Study." Amber updates us on the new National Charter School Research Project study and Rate that Reform ponders yet another innovative solution to our schools' economic woes.
This week, we welcome guest co-host (and Fordham Insider) Dave DeSchryver to the show. He and Mike discuss the state of the Obama domestic policy transition, Michelle Rhee's appearance in Time, and Lou Gerstner's reform proposals. Then, Amber tells us about what it takes to recognize an effective teacher and Rate That Reform talks economy.
This week, Mike and Rick discuss Fordham's latest and brightest treatise on data, Randi Weingarten's acclaimed speech at the National Press Club, and the appointment of Linda Darling-Hammond as transition team education advisor. Then the show talks alternative certification--genuine programs as studied by PEPG in Amber's Research 45-Seconds (she's a pro!) and not so genuine programs involving illegal immigrants in Dallas on Rate that Reform.
This week, Mike and Rick contemplate the future of the Washington Consensus, graduation rates, and the much debated ed sec pick. Amber then knocks the new Ed Sector 21st Century Skills report down to size and Rate that Reform talks high school serial killers
This week, we welcome an occasional guest co-host and self-styled brainiac to the show. He and Mike make their post-election education predictions, chat about the gifted program hoopla in New York, and contemplate the asperity of superstar charter organizations' scalability. Then, Amber tells us about the new Mathematica study on teacher induction and Rate that Reform goes mental!
This week, Mike and Rick discuss the new NCLB regs, coupling collective bargaining with cutting district fat, and the controversial proposal for a gay high school in Chicago. Amber then enlightens us with her thoughts on the School Finance Redesign Project's new report and Rate that Reform talks Mustangs?motorized, not four-legged.
Mike and Rick talk social promotion, portfolios, and closing down schools on Election Day. Then Amber tells about a new report from AIR and Stafford goes raw on Rate that Reform.