The Education Exchange: How Does Race Affect Special Education Identification in Schools?

Scott Imberman, a Professor in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new paper which uses data from Florida to explore how the identification of childhood disabilities varies by race and school racial composition.

The Education Exchange: How Rising Costs Have Affected Higher Education

Richard Vedder, an Independent Institute Sr. Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus at Ohio University, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, “Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America,” and how rising college tuition costs have changed the dialogue around higher education.

What We’re Listening To: Paul Peterson on Area 45

On the Hoover Institution’s Area 45 podcast, Education Next Senior Editor Paul Peterson explains why money isn’t the sole cure to what ails America’s schools.

The Education Exchange: The State of Parent Choice in 2019

Howard Fuller, a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, joins Paul E. Peterson on the 100th episode of the Education Exchange to discuss the state of school choice and it’s contentious standing in current politics.

The Education Exchange: A New Look at American History

Wilfred McClay joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Society, which he describes as a narrative account of the American story that could be used as a high school history textbook.

What We’re Watching: A 60-Second Commentary on the Democratic Presidential Candidates and Education Policy

Rick Hess takes a quick look at the education agendas of Democratic presidential candidates.

The Education Exchange: Reforming Education in America’s Prisons

There is new interest in giving adult prisoners greater access to education while they are behind bars. One bill in Congress would allow prisoners access to Pell Grants to pay for higher education, something which has not been possible since 1994. Gerard Robinson, Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the importance of education for men and women in prison and some different kinds of programs that could be offered.

What We’re Watching: Are Proposed Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment a Step in the Right Direction?

On June 27, 2019, AEI hosted a debate on the wisdom of the Trump administration’s decision to roll back regulations on sexual harassment put in place by the Obama administration.

The Education Exchange: Social Trust Lower in Neighborhoods Without Amenities

Americans may like to buy things online, but people who live in neighborhoods with stores, libraries, restaurants, schools, and parks nearby have higher levels of community satisfaction and lower levels of social isolation. That’s the finding of a new survey on community and society conducted by the American Enterprise Institute. Daniel Cox of AEI joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the survey.

What We’re Watching: What Teachers Think — Results from a New International Survey

On Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10 am, FutureEd hosted the U.S. release of a survey of teachers and school leaders and a discussion of the future of the U.S. teaching profession.

What We’re Watching: Why 36 Million American Adults Can’t Read Enough to Work — and How to Help Them

PBS NewsHour looks at adult basic education programs aimed at boosting the employment prospects of millions of adults who lack the reading or math skills to succeed in the workplace or who do not speak English. In the Spring 2019 issue of Education Next, Beth Hawkins looks at the challenge of providing high-quality adult basic education and at one city offering a model program.

What We’re Watching: Hearing on Civic Education and Service in Schools

Two hearings held by The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service took place on June 20, 2019. The morning’s hearing was on ways to expand civic education and to include more on public service in school curricula.

What We’re Watching: Education 20/20 – William J. Bennett

William J. Bennett spoke at the final event in the Fordham-Hoover Education 20/20 speaker series on June 13, 2019. Bennett argued that conservatives must rally behind a unified vision of comprehensive content and curriculum reform, and that states must take the lead in making such a vision real.

The Education Exchange: Students in Large Urban Districts Making Gains

Students attending school in big cities made significant gains on NAEP in the years between 2003 and 2013 but those trend lines have flattened in recent years. Paul Peterson talks with Kristin Blagg, a research associate in the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, about what the data show, and about which districts made the greatest gains.

EdNext Podcast: The Truth About Summer Learning Loss

The claim that all students, and especially disadvantaged students, lose substantial academic ground over summer vacation has long been both an article of faith and a source of anxiety. But a new look at the data finds no evidence that the average child loses months of learning each summer or that summer learning loss contributes much to the achievement gap. Paul T. von Hippel talks with Marty West about his new analysis of summer learning loss.

The Education Exchange: What Explains Gains in Miami-Dade County Schools?

In the most recent ratings put out by the state of Florida, Miami-Dade County Public Schools earned an “A” designation and had no “F” rated schools, unusual achievements for a large urban district. Ron Matus of Step Up For Students sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss some factors behind the school district’s success.

EdNext Podcast: Giving Ed Tech a Chance to Shine

Many tech-based interventions have had disappointing results, but maybe these efforts haven’t capitalized on what computers do best. A new study looks at the impact of a blended learning program on students in India who were not making progress in their local public schools because they were starting out so far behind the other students.

The Education Exchange: School Choice is Plentiful in Milwaukee but Students Still Struggle

Families in Milwaukee gained access to the nation’s first private school vouchers nearly three decades ago. Today the educational landscape in Milwaukee also includes charter schools and many other forms of public school choice. But standardized test scores are still low and the achievement gap between black and white students remains large. Alan Borsuk of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Marquette University talks with Paul E. Peterson about some of the challenges Milwaukee has faced despite the long history of school choice in the city.

EdNext Podcast: Strong Evidence that School Start Times Matter

A new study finds that later school start times increase achievement on standardized tests. Marty West talks with Jennifer Heissel about the study, which she co-authored with Samuel Norris.

The Education Exchange: Working Together for Charter Schools in Indianapolis

Robin J. Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss what Indianapolis has done to make charter schools work.

The Education Exchange: The U.S. Department of Education Touts Tax Credits, Title IX Reform

Jim Blew, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss some of the work of the department, including a new federal tax credit initiative and proposed changes to Title IX.

What We’re Watching: Is Career and Technical Education Having an Identity Crisis?

On May 14, 2019, Fordham hosted a discussion on the purpose of career and technical education. Career and technical education is enjoying its moment in the sun, but does it actually deserve the acclaim?

EdNext Podcast: Wraparound Services and Student Achievement

Many school districts try to address external obstacles to student learning by offering “wraparound services” in schools. These schools try to connect their students with outside groups that can help them deal with challenges from food insecurity to mental health issues.

In a new article, Michael McShane notes that “While integrated supports may help meet students’ physical and emotional needs, their ability to improve student learning remains unproven.”

McShane sits down with Marty West to discuss his article, “Supporting Students Outside the Classroom.”

What We’re Watching: Sixty-Five Years after Brown v. Board, Where Does School Integration Stand?

On Thursday, May 2, the Urban Institute hosted a discussion on segregation in U.S. schools since Brown v. Board of Education. Rucker Johnson made a presentation based on his new book, Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.

The Education Exchange: A Different Desegregation Story in Boston

For over 50 years, a limited number of students of color living in Boston have been able to enroll in schools in the suburbs as part of the METCO program, run by the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity. Charles Glenn sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss who benefits from the program and whether it distracts from larger issues related to urban schools.

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