On the Bus: What One City Can Teach Us About School Desegregation

In 1977please don’t do the math!—I climbed aboard a school bus headed for a newly integrated school, part of an ambitious and court-ordered school desegregation experiment in Springfield, Illinois. In the latest episode, I explore what did and didn’t happen in Springfield, and why our vision of what’s possible today seems so much smaller than it did four decades ago. Complete transcript available here

And in our special extended play version, available to our Patreon subscribers, we talk about why doing something about segregation will require re-thinking rigid metrics of school quality. To get access to extended episodes, reading lists and more, just click on this little button!

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It’s the Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest!

Are you a graduate student whose research on K-12 or higher education is ready for the podcast limelight? Then we have 30 minutes of prime audio real estate with your name on it.

Have You Heard is a biweekly education policy podcast, featuring scholar Jack Schneider and writer Jennifer Berkshire. Seeking to move past the headlines and the talking points, the show presents important academic research in a humorous, easy-to-listen-to format. It may not be peer-reviewed, but Have You Heard does reach thousands of listeners with each episode, giving graduate students an audience many times larger than even the biggest AERA conference room.

To learn more about the show, check out the Have You Heard blog. Or better yet, pick your way through the show’s archives on iTunesSoundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts.

To apply, send a brief (200-300 word) description of your research. Then, in no more than two sentences, make the case for why you think it belongs in a podcast. Tell us, too, where you’re in school and what program you’re enrolled in. A round of finalists will be invited to submit full versions of their research, and the winner of the Graduate Student Research Contest will appear on a spring 2019 episode.

Deadline: November 1st

Contact: Jenniferberkshire@gmail.com

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control: The Long (and Very Lucrative) Search for Short Cuts in American Education

In the latest episode of the Have You Heard podcast (episode #49 to be precise), Jack and Jennifer explore the rich history of edu-preneurialism. Bob Hampel, author of Fast and Curious: a History of Short Cuts in American Education, steps into the studio to talk about edu-scams, past and present. Transcript available here. And in our special extended play version, available to our Patreon subscribers, we talk about teacher rating systems and the free-marketizing of public education. To get access to extended episodes, reading lists and more, just click on this little button!

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A Star-Powered Promise: LeBron Takes a Shot at School Reform

When LeBron James announced that he was opening a new school in his hometown of Akron, OH the crowd went crazy. James got cheers from public school advocates who applauded his decision to partner with the Akron Public Schools, jeers from skeptics who noted that Akron would be picking up most of the tab, and more than a few questions—including some from listeners to the Have You Heard podcast. In episode #48, we’re joined by Rann Miller, who is an educator, writer and expert in all things LeBron James for a look at the politics and potential of the I Promise school. And another basketball player with an interest in public education makes an appearance. Can you guess who it is?

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Janus and the Future of Teachers Unions

What will the Supreme Court’s recent Janus ruling mean for teachers unions? Jon Shelton, author of the recent (and excellent) book Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order joins me to discuss. If you’ve been trying to figure out how this spring’s teacher walkouts, the surge of grassroots energy among progressive Democrats, and a Supreme Court decision that takes aim at powerful unions in blue states have to do with each other – well, this is the episode for you!

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