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in Conversation: Education Policy with Educational Freedom Institute

in Conversation: Education Policy with Educational Freedom Institute

By Educational Freedom Institute
Join us as we discuss current events and issues in education policy with practitioners, researchers, and experts. Credits: Intro & outro music: "Rocket" by Kevin McLeod
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#45: It's NOT Just Curriculum

in Conversation: Education Policy with Educational Freedom Institute

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#48: Can We Get K-12 Education Right?
Katharine Birbalsingh, Headmistress and Founder of Michaela (a charter/free school in London), joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about several issues facing educators of children in urban areas and what can be done to help underserved students. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
57:26
March 22, 2021
#47: West Virginia Makes History
Senator Patricia Rucker, State Senator in West Virginia, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss landmark legislation that passed both House and Senate in West Virginia which creates Education Savings Accounts for children in the state. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
39:58
March 22, 2021
#46: Georgia Looks to Expand Choice
Representative Wes Cantrell, of the Georgia House of Representatives, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss his bill that would create an education savings account for K-12 students in Georgia. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
30:49
March 10, 2021
#45: It's NOT Just Curriculum
Christopher Rufo, filmmaker and researcher, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss some of the things your kids may be learning in class that go beyond social studies, math, and science. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
51:21
March 1, 2021
#44: Idaho: Legislating for Education Freedom
Idaho Senator Lori Den Hartog and Representative Wendy Horman, join Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss a bill in Idaho that would expand education freedom for children across the state.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
27:33
February 22, 2021
#43: New Hampshire's Proposal to Fund Students
NH Representative Glenn Cordelli, , joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss a bill in New Hampshire that would allow students to take their state-apportioned base level funding to any education provider of their choice.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
48:33
February 19, 2021
#42: Florida's Latest Proposal to Fund Students
Senator Manny Diaz, Jr., who represents voters in Florida's 36th District, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss legislation he introduced that would simplify school choice options for Florida families.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
28:51
February 12, 2021
#41: Have Teacher Unions Overplayed Their Hands?
Dr. Steve Perry, Head of School & Founder of Capital Preparatory Schools, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about his background, school choice myths, and the changing landscape of the school choice debate. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:01:05
February 9, 2021
#40: Better Than Normal Education
Shaka Mitchell, Tennessee State Director at American Federation for Children joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about how we can use the current struggle in K-12 education as an opportunity for something that's even better for students and families. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
53:47
February 9, 2021
#39: The Disruptors in K-12 Education
Joe Connor, Founder of SchoolHouse microschools, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss what his organization is doing to serve families' needs during a time when so may of them are open to alternative options. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
45:11
January 25, 2021
#38: What Should Be Taught in Public Schools?
Dr. Wilfred Reilly, author and Assoc. Professor of Political Science @ Kentucky State University, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss what should be taught in public schools. We also discuss charter schools and "closing the gap." Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:16:31
January 18, 2021
#37: Freeing America's K-12 Education System
Clint Bolick, Arizona Supreme Court Justice and Co-Founder of Institute for Justice, and Kate Hardiman, former school teacher and current law student, join Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss their new book, Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
50:32
January 14, 2021
#36: School Safety in 2021
Ryan Petty, founder of Walk Up Foundation, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about Behavioral Threat Assessment and current events around the country relative to school safety and school choice.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:02:26
January 11, 2021
#35: Is Your Child's School Safe?
Andrew Pollack has dedicated his life to school safety as the father of one of the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting in 2018. He joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about what he's learned since that tragedy. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
36:51
December 15, 2020
#34: Reexamining K-12 Education Spending
Dr. Ben Scafidi, Director of Education Economics Center at Kennesaw State University; Friedman Fellow at EdChoice; Advisory Board member at EFI joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss Arizona's Proposition 208 and similar K-12 education funding measures. We also discuss teacher certification and mentoring programs. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:09:59
November 18, 2020
#33: Defining Hybrid Homeschools
Dr. Eric Wearne, Visiting Associate Professor in Education Economics Center at Kennesaw State University joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss his new book, Defining Hybrid Homeschools in America.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
43:39
November 17, 2020
#32: School's Out: COVID or Unions?
Christos Makridis, Digital Fellow at MIT, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss new research that indicates that school lockdowns are highly correlated to union influence and power rather than health concerns.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
47:58
September 18, 2020
#31: U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop's CHOICE Act
Congressman Dan Bishop (R-NC) joins Corey DeAngelis to talk about a bill he introduced in the US House of Representatives that would expand Opportunity Grants for children who lack options for in-person instruction.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms. *Please pardon the weather-related technical difficulties which affected the recording.
18:12
September 18, 2020
#30: Principal Says America Needs School Choice
Principal Tom Smith and Cliff Maloney of Young Americans for Liberty join Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss why America's children need school choice.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:13:32
September 18, 2020
#29: COVID-19 & The Case Against Education
Dr. Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University; and New York Times bestselling author, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss the opportunities that the pandemic presents for families looking for solutions to the education slowdown. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:05:16
August 25, 2020
#28: No, Schools Aren't Underfunded
Dr. Ben Scafidi, Director of Education Economics Center at Kennesaw State University; Friedman Fellow at EdChoice; Advisory Board member at EFI joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss K-12 finance. We spend time dispelling the myth that public education is "underfunded." Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:01:26
August 18, 2020
#27: Rand Paul Introduces The School Act
In this special edition of EFI: in conversation, Dr. Rand Paul, US Senator from Kentucky, joins Corey DeAngelis to discuss new legislation he recently introduced that would allow parents to access federal education funds for their children. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
11:50
August 7, 2020
#26: Teachers Union Fights Against Low-income Scholarship Program
In this episode of EFI: in conversation, Dr. Terry Stoops, VP of Research and Director of Education Studies at John Locke Foundation and Advisory Board member at EFI joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss how the North Carolina Association of Educators is fighting against a school choice scholarship program that primarily benefits low income children, and other issues around the state of North Carolina. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:01:18
August 7, 2020
#25: Busting Myths with Dr. Walter Williams
In this special edition of EFI: in conversation, Dr. Walter Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, author of scores of articles in scholarly journals, popular publications, and guest on many TV and radio over the course of decades, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to bust several myths about school choice, and talk about Thomas Sowell's new book Charter Schools & Their Enemies. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
28:05
July 27, 2020
#24: Charter Schools & Their Enemies
Jason Bedrick, Director of Policy at EdChoice joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss the Espinoza decision from the Supreme Court, ESA hearings in Arizona, and Thomas Sowell's new book Charter Schools & Their Enemies. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:01:58
July 14, 2020
#23: Achievement Gaps, Choice, & Returning to School
Kevin Nicholson & Chris Lawrence join Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss how school choice narrows gaps for kids, parental involvement, accountability, and more.  Kevin Nicholson is President, Founder of No Better Friend Corp, 2018 Candidate for US Senate in Wisconsin, and a US Marine Corps Veteran. Chris Lawrence is a parent of 3 school choice kids, conservative activist, and Program Dir. No Better Friend Corp. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:00:21
July 13, 2020
#22: The Ins & Outs of Education Freedom Scholarships
Jim Blew, Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss the "ins and outs" of Education Freedom Scholarships.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
51:51
July 2, 2020
#21: Building Excellent Schools
David Hardy, founder of Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School and Building Excellent Schools PA joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss what it really takes to build an excellent school. He talks about his background in education and how he came to found one of the top schools in the entire commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
59:39
June 18, 2020
#20: How the Other Half Fared During Lockdown
Robert Pondiscio,  celebrated author and former teacher joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss his book, How the Other Half Learns. We ask for his take on how different groups of students are doing outside of a brick-and-mortar school environment during lockdown.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:09:51
June 9, 2020
#19: Virtual Schools in 2020
Jeff Kwitowski, Senior Vice President Public Affairs and Policy Communications @ K12, Inc. joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss how virtual schools, and the students that attend them, have handled the pandemic. They also discuss families' attitudes toward virtual schools in the wake of COVID-19 as well as the dynamics of public policy relative to virtual schools. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:03:20
June 5, 2020
#18: Private School Closures; Public School Struggles & Battles
Neal McCluskey, Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss how private schools are faring amid the pandemic. We also discuss a little history behind district schools, as well as some past and current battles around curriculum in district schools.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:03:20
June 2, 2020
#17: The State of Charter Schools Today
Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss what's going on in America with charter schools today.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:02:53
May 29, 2020
#16: Standing Up To Goliath
Rebecca Friedrichs was lead plaintiff in a 2016 US Supreme Court case against the California Teachers Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association (the country's largest teacher union). She is also the founder of For Kids and Country. Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen discuss the court case, what led to it, and what's going on today in government schools. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:15:37
May 22, 2020
#15: Harvard PhD Responds to Harvard's Attacks on Homeschooling
Patrick J. Wolf, PhD, Professor and 21st Century Chair in School Choice at University of Arkansas; author of dozens of studies and other publications on school choice, joins Corey A. DeAngelis, PhD and Matthew Nielsen to discuss Harvard's ongoing campaign against homeschooling--just when everyone is forced to educate their children at home.  Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:19:28
May 19, 2020
#14: The Indefensible Status Quo
Chris Stewart, former elected school board member, CEO of Brightbeam Network, and renowned school choice advocate joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about some of the tactics and fallacies employed by defenders of the status quo in American K-12 education. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:17:44
May 15, 2020
#13: Will COVID-19 Change Ed Reform?
Jay P. Greene, PhD joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about how the global public health crisis is affecting the education reform movement. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:04:33
May 12, 2020
#12: Unintended Consequences of Top-Down School Discipline Policies
In this episode, Manhattan Institute Sr. Fellow Max Eden joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about how some school discipline policies seem to contribute to problems rather than solve them. We discuss Max's book, Why Meadow Died, which serves as a tragic case study for how changes in policies can result in disaster. Find EFI online at EFInstitute.org, @EF_Institute on twitter, and Educational Freedom Institute on Facebook and other social platforms.
01:02:04
May 8, 2020
#11: What Are MicroSchools?
Kelly Smith, CEO and Founder of Prenda Microschools joins Corey DeAngelis  and Matthew Nielsen to talk about how his organization is changing the face of education. 
57:55
May 4, 2020
#10: Segregation in Government Schools
Phil Magness, PhD, Senior Policy Analyst at American Institute for Economic Research joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss the history behind the segregationists who opposed school choice.
57:45
April 28, 2020
#9: Getting Creative With Education
Josh Steimle, founder of MWI Marketing, author of hundreds of articles and three books, joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about the value of looking at education from different angles based on individual needs and interests.
01:01:33
April 22, 2020
#8: The Case Against Education
Dr. Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and New York Times bestselling author, joins Dr. Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss his 2018 book, The Case Against Education. 
01:07:15
April 17, 2020
#4: Florida Schools Go Digital
Patricia Levesque, CEO of Excel in Ed talks with Dr. Corey DeAngelis  and Matthew Nielsen about Florida Virtual School's offer to students across the state to use their online learning platform during the COVID-19 shutdown. They also discuss what the global pandemic might mean for the future of education in Florida.
46:53
April 17, 2020
#7: School Districts Hoard Students
Dr. Michael McShane joins Dr. Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss an article he recently co-authored with Jason Bedrick, titled School Districts Hoard Students Instead of Teaching Them. Link: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/op...   Dr. McShane is Director of National Research at EdChoice.
01:02:57
April 17, 2020
#6: We Are All Homeschoolers Now
Kerry McDonald joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss newfound "homeschoolers" and what can be done to make the most of what remains of the school year.
58:05
April 17, 2020
#2: Education Policy News in Review
Join Dr. Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen for a live conversation about what's going on in education policy.
01:19:57
April 17, 2020
#5: How Coronavirus is Affecting the Education System
Dr. Lindsey Burke, Director of the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation and Board Director at Educational Freedom Institute, joins Dr. Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to discuss what COVID-19 means for education.
44:47
April 16, 2020
#1: Education Policy Amid COVID-19
Dr. Angela Dills, Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University, and Advisory Board member at the Educational Freedom Institute, Dr. Corey DeAngelis, and Matthew Nielsen discuss how education policy is being shaped by the Coronavirus pandemic and what current events mean for the future of school choice.
38:32
April 16, 2020
#3: Pressing "Mute" on Florida's Hope Scholarship Program
Ron Matus of Step Up For Students joins Corey DeAngelis and Matthew Nielsen to talk about Florida's Hope Scholarship Program. The scholarship provides funds for students to exercise school choice who have experienced bullying at their assigned district school. Getting the word out to students about the scholarship hasn't gone as planned. "In Conversation" is brought to you by the Educational Freedom Institute. 
30:50
April 16, 2020