Photo of Jay MathewsAn education columnist for the Washington Post, Jay Mathews, joins Education Next editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss Mathews’ new book, An Optimist’s Guide to American Public Education, and The Challenge Index, Mathews’ annual ranking of American high schools.

An excerpt from the book, “What I Learned in 23 Years Ranking America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” by Mathews, is available now.

The EdNext Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, Stitcher and here every Wednesday.

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Last updated March 24, 2021