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For more than 15 years, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent research study. For questions or comments on the podcast, contact its producer, Pedro Enamorado, at penamorad@fordhaminstitute.org.

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For more than 15 years, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent research study. For questions or comments on the podcast, contact its producer, Pedro Enamorado, at penamorad@fordhaminstitute.org.

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Episodes
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#921: Rethinking reading comprehension instruction, with Daniel Buck

5/22/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Daniel Buck, Fordham’s policy and editorial associate, joins Mike and David to discuss whether and how elementary schools should teach reading comprehension. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber examines a new study investigating the short- and long-term impacts of school closures in the 1990s. Recommended content: Think again: Should elementary schools teach reading comprehension? Robert Pondiscio, Fordham InstituteTim Daly, Fordham InstituteThe long shadow of school closures: Impacts on students’ educational and labor market outcomesFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:26:36

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#920: Integration and charter schools, with Brian Kisida

5/15/2024
In a special National Charter Schools Week Education Gadfly Show podcast, Brian Kisida, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, joins Mike and David to discuss whether charters have impeded racial integration in American schools. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber examines a new study investigating if intensive English learner programs benefit students. Recommended content: Carrie Spector, Stanford EducationThe effect of charter schools on school segregationThe effects of a newcomer program on the academic achievement of English LearnersJournal of Policy Analysis and ManagementFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:26:19

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#919: Why we should teach the history of human progress, with Marian Tupy

5/8/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Marian Tupy, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the founder and editor of HumanProgress.org, joins Mike and David to discuss the incredible progress that humanity has made over millennia, and what schools might do to better teach kids that our past, present, and future is not all doom and gloom. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber examines a new study investigating if education savings accounts increase tuition costs at private schools. Recommended content: Ten global trends every smart person should know: And many others you will find interestingMarian Tupy and Ronald BaileyRonald Bailey, Reason MagazineMichael Petrilli, Fordham InstituteEduwonkette, Education WeekThe effect of taxpayer-funded education savings accounts on private school tuition: Evidence from IowaFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:29:50

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#918: The broken pipeline of advanced education, with Adam Tyner

5/1/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Adam Tyner, Fordham’s national research director, joins Mike and David to discuss his latest study on advanced education policies across the country. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber examines new research on how the decentralization of teacher accountability under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act affected student achievement. Recommended content: The broken pipeline: Advanced education policies at the local levelAdam Tyner, Fordham InstituteBuilding a Wider, More Diverse Pipeline of Advanced Learners The National Working Group on Advanced Education, Fordham InstituteTim Daly, Fordham InstituteESPNBalancing federalism: The impact of decentralizing school accountabilityFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:29:26

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#917: The end of Chevron Deference, with Joshua Dunn

4/24/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Joshua Dunn, Executive Director of the Institute of American Civics at the University of Tennessee, joins Mike and David to discuss how public schools will be affected by the end of the Chevron deference—the judicial doctrine in which courts defer to federal agencies’ reasonable interpretations of ambiguous statutes. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber examines a new paper criticizing the famous STAR class size study. Recommended content: Joshua Dunn, Education NextWall Street JournalDavid Martin, Washington PostHeterogeneity and endogenous compliance: Implications for scaling class size interventionsFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:26:32

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#916: The case for curriculum reform, with Robert Pondiscio

4/17/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at Fordham and the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike and David to discuss the state of curricular reform. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber examines new data from the Institute of Education Sciences’ Condition of Education Report. Recommended content: Robert Pondiscio, The 74Robert Pondiscio, Fordham InstituteReport on the Condition of Education 2023Feedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:27:12

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#915: Eliminating school boundaries, with Derrell Bradford

4/10/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Derrell Bradford, the president of 50CAN, joins Mike and David to discuss a new coalition called No More Lines that seeks to end residency requirements for public schools. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reports on a new study examining whether ESSER funding influenced spending on school personnel. Recommended content: Jo Napolitano, The 74Michael Petrilli and Janie Scull, Fordham InstituteESSER funding and school system jobs: Evidence from job posting dataFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:30:12

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#914: A comprehensive vision for conservative education reform, with Rick Hess

4/3/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Rick Hess, the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike and David to discuss his new book, Getting Education Right. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reports on a new study examining how civics educators taught about and framed the 2020 election. Recommended content: Frederick Hess and Michael McShaneFrederick Hess and Michael McShane, Fordham InstituteHow and Why Teachers Taught About the 2020 U.S. Election: An Analysis of Survey Responses From Twelve StatesFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:27:51

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#913: Advancing cross-partisan education policies, with Lorén Cox and Karen Nussle

3/27/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Lorén Cox, the policy director for the Education and Society program at the Aspen Institute, and Karen Nussle, the founder and CEO of Ripple Communications, join Mike and David to discuss how cross-partisanship—both sides agreeing on the same conclusion for disparate reasons—benefits education. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reports on a new study examining how college achievement and retention is affected by “corequisite” remedial classes—meaning those taken at the same time as, not before, the course requiring the remediation. Recommended content: Lorén Cox and Karen Nussle, Aspen InstituteMichael Petrilli, Fordham InstituteDoes corequisite remediation work for everyone? An exploration of heterogeneous effects and mechanismsFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:28:54

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#912: Predicting charter school success, with Adam Kho and Alex Quigley

3/20/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Adam Kho, an assistant professor at the Rossier School of Education, and Alex Quigley, the executive director of the Durham Charter School, join Mike and David to discuss whether charter authorizers can determine the quality of prospective charter schools. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reports on a new study examining the effects of including parental preferences in algorithms that assign students to schools in New York City. Recommended content: Adam Kho, Shelby Leigh Smith, and Douglas Lee Lauen, Fordham InstituteAnna Nicotera & David Stuit, Fordham InstituteConstrained Agency and the Architecture of Educational Choice: Evidence from New York CityFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:25:49

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#911: The flaws in school funding formulas, with Rebecca Sibilia

3/13/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Rebecca Sibilia, the executive director of EdFund, joins Mike and David to debate whether we’ve fixed school funding in America. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reports on a new study examining the effects of school shootings on survivors’ test scores, attendance, and long-term health. Recommended content: Greg Toppo, The 74Adam Tyner, Fordham InstituteMax Eden, Fordham InstituteEdFund WebsiteThe consequences of high-fatality shootings for surviving studentsJournal of Policy Analysis and ManagementFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:26:08

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#910: Reforming Houston ISD, with Mike Miles

3/6/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Mike Miles, the superintendent of Houston ISD, joins Mike and David to discuss the reforms he’s implementing in the Lone Star State’s largest district. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber examines a new study of how increased learning time affects reading and math achievement. Recommended content: Dale Chu, Fordham InstituteDaniel Buck, Fordham InstituteTime in School: A Conceptual Framework, Synthesis of the Causal Research, and Empirical ExplorationFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:27:30

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#909: Rethinking “equitable” grading, with Adam Tyner and Meredith Coffey

2/28/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Adam Tyner and Meredith Coffey, the national research director and a senior research associate at the Fordham Institute, join Mike and David to discuss their new Think Again report on whether “equitable” grading benefits students. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber examines a new study investigating how extreme temperatures affect student performance on standardized tests. Recommended content: Adam Tyner and Meredith Coffey, Fordham InstituteRick Hess and Joe Feldman, Education WeekDaniel Buck, Fordham InstituteUnder the Weather? The Effects of Temperature on Student Test PerformanceFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:25:54

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#908: The looming expiration of Covid relief funds, with Chad Aldis

2/21/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Chad Aldis, Fordham’s Vice President of Ohio Policy, joins Mike and David to discuss the impending cessation of federal ESSER funds. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reports on a new study investigating the competitive effects of charter schools on traditional public schools in Florida. Recommended content: Chad Aldis, Fordham InstituteChad Aldeman, Fordham InstituteHamlet Michael Hernandez, Hechinger ReportCompetitive Effects of Charter SchoolsFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:25:18

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#907: How to do tutoring right, with Alan Safran

2/14/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Alan Safran, the CEO and co-founder of Saga Education, joins Mike and David to discuss best practices for high-impact tutoring. Then, on the Research Minute, Adam reports on a new study investigating the impacts of computer science education on early career outcomes. Recommended content: Anna Nordberg, The New York TimesChalkbeatComputer Science for All? The Impact of High School Computer Science Courses on College Majors and EarningsFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:25:23

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#906: Does teacher licensing matter?, with Chad Aldeman

2/7/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Chad Aldeman, the founder of Read Not Guess and a columnist for The 74, joins Mike and David to discuss whether the pandemic-era waiving of teacher licensure rules affected student outcomes. Then, on the Research Minute, Adam Tyner reports on a new paper investigating if school choice can meet the conditions necessary for efficient market functioning. Recommended content: Chad Aldeman, The 74Matthew Yglesias, Slow BoringHow free market logic fails in schooling—And what it means for the role of governmentFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:28:48

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#905: Trump’s education agenda, with Lindsey Burke

1/31/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Lindsey Burke, the director of the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation, joins Mike and David to discuss what a second Trump term could mean for federal education policy. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reports on a new study investigating the impacts of licensure and certification on CTE teacher retention. Recommended content: Chester E. Finn, Jr., Fordham InstituteLindsey M. Burke, chapter in Mandate for leadershipTeacher exit and educational opportunity: Lessons from career and technical educationEducational Researcher Feedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:24:37

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#904: Residential mobility, student achievement, and charter schools, with Douglas Lauen

1/24/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Douglas Lauen, a professor of public policy and sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joins Mike to discuss residential mobility, academic achievement, and charter schools. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reviews a study investigating how school facilities funding impacts test scores and housing prices. Recommended content: Doug LauenJed Wallace, Education NextWhat works and for whom: Effectiveness and efficiency of school capital investments across the U.S.Feedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:24:56

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#903: Reducing poverty with the child tax credit, with Angela Rachidi

1/17/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Angela Rachidi, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike to discuss whether a reformed and refundable child tax credit can reduce poverty. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reviews a study investigating a cost-effective high-dosage tutoring intervention. Recommended content: Angela Rachidi, National ReviewAngela Rachidi, Senate Committee on FinanceCatherine Rampell, Washington PostA Scalable Approach to High-Impact Tutoring for Young Readers: Results of a Randomized Controlled TrialFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:22:27

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#902: Reforming New York’s Regents Exams, with Ray Domanico

1/10/2024
On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Ray Domanico, the director of education policy at the Manhattan institute, joins Mike to discuss whether New York should eliminate the Regents Exams as high school graduation requirements. Then, on the Research Minute, Amber reviews a study investigating the trends in parental school involvement over the past two and a half decades. Recommended content: Ray Domanico, Education NextAdam Tyner and Matthew LarsenChester E. Finn, Jr., Fordham InstituteTrends in Parents’ Time Investment at Children’s Schools During a Period of Economic ChangeFeedback Welcome: Have ideas for improving our podcast? Send them to Daniel Buck at dbuck@fordhaminstitute.org.

Duration:00:24:25