Podcast

podcastED: reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner and Step Up for Students president Doug Tuthill discuss modernizing public education transportation

On this episode, Ladner and Tuthill discuss Ladner’s recently published white paper for the Arizona Charter School Association on issues facing the traditional “yellow school bus” public education transportation system in Arizona and nationwide. Ladner observes that traditional ridership already was in decline, but the COVID-19 pandemic created a huge[Read More…]

podcastED: reimaginED executive editor Matt Ladner and EdChoice’s Mike McShane discuss public education’s accountability myths

On this episode, Ladner speaks with the director of national research at EdChoice about the latter’s new report entitled, “The Accountability Myth.” The report takes aim at the commonly argued position that traditional public schools are a superior education option because they are held financially, democratically, and educationally accountable to[Read More…]

podcastED: Interview with a scholarship parent who became eligible under Florida’s 2021 school choice expansion

On this episode, reimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Megan Luten, a mother of three from Jacksonville, Florida, whose 5-year-old daughter, Ellie, attends Catholic kindergarten thanks to the Family Empowerment Scholarship Education Options scholarship. Luten, a speech therapist, discusses the search she and her husband, Jameson, a registered nurse,[Read More…]

podcastED: Progressive education choice icon Jack Coons and Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill on opening democracy for the poor through education choice

Editor’s note: To read a comprehensive overview of Coons’ efforts to change the face of education choice, researched and reported by Step Up For Students’ director of policy and public affairs Ron Matus, click here. On this special episode, recorded to coincide with the publication of renowned Berkeley law professor[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill on reimagining teacher unions

On this episode, Tuthill, a former teacher union leader, presents his vision for how teacher unions can evolve in a world with robust education choice opportunity for families who want it. Tuthill’s 45-year history with public education has convinced him that putting education spending in the hands of families provides[Read More…]

podcastED: Scholarship mom discusses the challenges of finding the best educational fit for her children with dyslexia

  On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Shannon Bloodworth, a parent and education choice advocate from Archer, a small community 15 miles southwest of Gainesville, Florida. Her daughter, Ella, 11, and son, Holton, 7, receive the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities. https://www.redefinedonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Lisa_ShannonBloodworth_EDIT.mp3 Bloodworth[Read More…]

podcastED: reimaginED executive editor Matthew Ladner and Heritage Foundation’s Jonathan Butcher discuss education savings accounts

On this episode, Ladner and the Heritage Foundation’s Will Skillman Education Fellow discuss Butcher’s new report studying spending trends of families using North Carolina’s Education Savings Account. https://www.redefinedonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ButcherLadner_EDIT.mp3   The report shows that significantly more families in North Carolina are using their ESA money on different purchases and services than[Read More…]