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In our Newsmaker Interview, Bob talks with Max Eden, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, on the gravely misguided policies that he believes are contributing to shocking tragedies such as the Parkland school shooting, the subject of his new book, Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students.
Stories of the Week: At Edison High School in Philadelphia, students are in the building – but not in the classroom. Is the district gaming the attendance tracking system? Does the competition from charter schools drive up overall student achievement – in charters and traditional district schools – in cities? A new report from Fordham’s David Griffith sheds some light. In Arkansas, a Little Rock school board member calls for decertifying the teachers union. Is this legal? Bob checks in with Patrick Semmons of the National Right to Work Foundation about the rules around monopoly bargaining.
Commentary of the Week: Citizen Stewart on Cory Booker’s private school choice flip-flop and what it says about the political landscape.
Tweet of the Week: NCES’ map of the charter enrollment footprint by state
About the Newsmaker Interview Guest:
Max Eden is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Before joining MI, he was program manager of the education policy studies department at the American Enterprise Institute. Eden’s research interests include early education, school choice, and federal education policy. His new book is Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students. He was coeditor, with Frederick M. Hess, of The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States (2017). Eden’s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets, such as the Journal of School Choice, Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, National Review, Claremont Review of Books, and The Weekly Standard. He holds a B.A. in history from Yale University.
Co-host Cara Candal is off this week.
- How one Philly high school reveals the district’s dire attendance problems
- Rising Tide: Charter School Market Share and Student Achievement
- Challenging Charter Critics, New Study Finds that as Sector Enrollment Grows, So Do Test Scores for Black and Hispanic Students
- School Choice in the United States: 2019
- Framework for Little Rock school control set; limited local authority favored by state board
Max Eden interview links:
- Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students
- Ernest Ezeugo Tweet
- 13-Year-Old Boy Dies More Than a Week After Being Sucker-Punched on Moreno Valley Middle School Campus
Also, comments in today’s program from:
David Griffith, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, @EducationGadfly
Patrick Semmens, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, @Right2Work
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