A Presidential Knife into the Charter School Back?

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump offered his recommendations for the FY2021 federal budget. Surprising no one, there was very little love for education, with proposed cuts this year resembling those that have come in previous Trump years.

Also unsurprising was the belief that education decisions are better made by states and localities, as the a Trump Administration seems to eliminate a number of federal education programs, replacing them with a “block grant” to states.

Curiously, one of those programs slated for elimination is one that funds school choice initiatives. But by proposing the programs closure and proposing a block grant that is largely DOA in Congress, is POTUS providing a lane for charter opponents to now kill federal funding for school choice?

We explore the topic on the latest episode of TrumpEd on the BAM! Radio Network. Give it a listen!

Learning In the Moment

If the first month of the year is any indication, 2020 is going to be a doozy of potential learning opportunities. Yes, we have a presidential campaign. We also have lessons of impeachment, caucuses, immigration, trade, socialism, and many others that haven’t yet shown themselves.

Our collective instinct may be to shy away from the controversial when it comes to classroom teaching. But with such a focus on the news of the day, we may be missing golden opportunities by not using these current events as the impetus for teaching and learning.

How so? We explore the topic on the latest episode of TrumpEd on the BAM! Radio Network. Give it a listen!

Sorry, North Carolina, But We Need History

“If only 21% of North Carolinians under the age of 45 was able to read at an eighth-grade level, we would declare a state educational emergency. Yet in the face of these numbers in U.S. history knowledge and appreciation, our response is to cut high school history requirements by 50%?”

Eduflack’s latest in the Greensboro News & Record, following North Carolina’s decision to cut American history requirements in high school

When It Comes to Schools, It Should Be About More Than Just the Benjamins

We often like to equate our commitment to public education based on how high our per-pupil expenditures can get, particularly during election seasons like this one. But is an input like dollars really an effective measure of quality and educational outcomes?

We explore that question on the latest episode of TrumpEd on the BAM! Radio Network. Inputs may be important, but they can’t trump results. Give it a listen!

Civics Falling by the Wayside?

Yes, US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is absolutely correct. Civics education, in general, is falling by the wayside, and it is happening at a time when civics ed is more important than ever.

But before we rush to fill the gaps, we need to be mindful about today’s students, how they learn, and what interests them. The answer isn’t just more textbooks, read longer and louder. No, the true answer is experience-based learning, active education, and other such activities they engage and encourage students to pursue more.

We explore this topic on the latest episode of TrumpEd on the BAM! Radio Network. Give it a listen!

Yes, Impeachment is Teachable

In too many schools, educators are shying away (or being asked to do so by administrators) from using the recent House impeachment of President Donald Trump in their classrooms.

At a time when students are begging for history and civics education to be more “relevant” to their lives, is there a better topic than one that has grabbed headlines for weeks?

On the latest episode of TrumpEd on the BAM! Radio Network, we explore how educators should embrace the recent news and have an obligation to teach the most recent presidential impeachment efforts. Give it a listen.