The Education Exchange: How to Build a 21st-Century School System

Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills at OECD, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss the upcoming PISA results, how high-performing nations work to support teachers, and what school systems can do to better prepare students for the future.

The Education Exchange: Observations from Inside a Success Academy School

Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his time observing a Success Academy school in the Bronx, and his new book, “How the Other Half Learns.”

The Education Exchange: School Choice and Blaine Amendments in Montana

Richard Komer, a former Senior Litigation Attorney at the Institute for Justice, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case which could declare the Blaine Amendments in 38 state constitutions unconstitutional.

The Education Exchange: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Prepare for College

Diane Tavenner, the cofounder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her new book, “Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life,” and a series of tips and questions for parents as their children begin the college application process.

The Education Exchange: What Goes Into Choosing the Right College?

Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book “Choosing College,” co-written with Bob Moesta, and the different questions prospective college applicants should ask themselves as they work through the application process for college.

The Education Exchange: The Turnaround of Camden’s Schools

Paymon Rouhanifard, CEO at Propel America, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his time as Superintendent of the Camden City School District, including how he worked to change the fortunes of a struggling district, as well as his current efforts at Propel America to ensure a path to prosperity for high school graduates.

The Education Exchange: Raising Student Achievement with Local Money

Carlos X. Lastra-Anadón, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor at IE University in Madrid, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss their co-authored paper, “Who Benefits from Local Financing of Public Services? A Causal Analysis.”

The Education Exchange: Rebecca Friedrichs’ Fight Against Teachers Unions

Rebecca Friedrichs, the lead plaintiff in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that ended in a four-four split in the Supreme Court, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her book, “Standing Up to Goliath,” and how teachers feel about national unions.

The Education Exchange: Are the Benefits of a College Education Dwindling?

Robert G. Valletta, Group Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss whether the earning power of college graduates have flatlined in relation to those without a college degree.

The Education Exchange: Higher Education in the EdNext Poll

Marty West, the editor-in-chief of Education Next, joins Paul E. Peterson to continue their discussion on the 2019 Education Next Poll, focusing on the public’s opinion on higher education.

The Education Exchange: How to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Todd Rogers, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new study that looks to curb chronic absenteeism through randomized experiments.

The Education Exchange: How Pell Grants Expanded to the Middle Class

Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the federal Pell Grant program, initially designed to help low-income students access college, has become available to more and more middle-class families.

The Education Exchange: Winston Churchill’s Lasting Legacy

Andrew Roberts, a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, “Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” Winston Churchill’s lasting impact on Western civilization, and how he is taught today in schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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