Co-host Bob Bowdon talks with Joy Pullmann, executive editor of The Federalist, about the mediocre NAEP and PISA results, after a decade of the Common Core national education standards and the failed experiment with federal involvement in standards, curricula, and tests. They also discuss social emotional learning, parental involvement, and the media’s coverage of K-12 education policy issues.
Stories of the Week: The Denver Public School system is expanding its transportation options to enable more students to attend schools in different neighborhoods. Will this innovation improve student outcomes? In Election 2020, presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg released a new $1 trillion education proposal for expanded access to childcare and early learning, teacher salary increases, Title I funding, workforce development, and more – can America afford this plan, and where’s the accountability?
Tweet of the week:
We have 8.5 percent more public school employees than we had at this time last year. https://t.co/CQ9FZVElzF
— Mike Antonucci (@UnionReport74) December 9, 2019
Commentary of the Week: Mike McShane in Forbes: “No, School Choice Is Not Gutting Ohio’s Public Schools”
Joy Pullmann is executive editor of The Federalist, mother of five children, and author of The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids, from Encounter Books. She previously was managing editor of School Reform News at The Heartland Institute and the assistant editor for American Magazine at the American Enterprise Institute. She is a graduate of the Hillsdale College honors and journalism programs.
Joy tweets at @JoyPullmann
Next week’s guest – Dec. 19th 4PM:
Will Fitzhugh is founder of The Concord Review, an international journal that has published high school students’ history essays for 30 years.