WonkyFolk Vol 15 – Live at Charter School Growth Fund.

Greetings, CharterFolk!

This week, Andy and I are sharing a podcast we recently recorded live at a gathering hosted by the Charter School Growth Fund.

Here is a link to the podcast.

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And for those of you who would prefer a video recording, we provide a link to YouTube as well. 

A special thanks to Charter School Growth Fund for inviting us to make this live recording. Andy and I had a lot of fun doing it.

You will hear in the recording, especially at the beginning, that we had some technical issues that result in some background noise being heard. We also decided to cut about five minutes near the top of the session when the discussion was particularly hard to hear. During that part of the conversation, Andy and I thanked Charter School Growth Fund for the invite, and we provided a little background about ourselves, something that regular WonkyFolk listeners already know.

Some of the topics we touched upon include:

  • At 3:15, Jed responds to a question from Andy about school choice and how we break the link between place of residence and access to educational opportunity.
  • At 5:38, Andy provides some historical context about where the left and right used to be on matters related to school choice and attendance zones.
  • At 7:54, Jed talks about what Aristotle teaches us about how to drive a narrative for charter schools across a landscape as vast as the State of California.
  • At 10:05, Andy talks about how counter-productive it can be for some education reform advocates to embrace conflict for conflict’s sake.
  • At 14:26, Jed describes the two great forces that support and defend the public education status quo.
  • At 17:11, Jed asks Andy whether he had overstated the charter school momentum story in his recent article at Education Next.
  • At 20:46, Jed shares his view that charter schools’ standing varies greatly by states, even across red states.
  • At 27:37, Andy shares thoughts about how charter schools can best navigate the red/blue divide happening across the country.
  • At 32:16, Andy responds to a question from the audience about prospects for school choice in Virginia.
  • At 38:30, Jed answers a question about where the charter school movement should be coming together to develop a shared agenda for the future.
  • At 44:00, Andy and Jed take a question about school choice and charter school developments happening in Florida.
  • At 50:38, an audience member asks Jed and Andy to share thoughts about what are the kinds of school choice that we should be embracing.
  • At 58:48, Andy and Jed take a question about what we need to do to improve the charter school narrative in Black communities across the U.S.
  • At 105:38, an audience member asks a final question about what advocacy organizations need to do to increase the number of charter school parents who are voting.

Again, it was a great time. I hope you enjoy the discussion as much as Andy and I did. I extend one last thanks to Charter School Growth Fund.

Show Notes:

Previous volumes of WonkyFolk can be accessed here.

WonkyFolk is a discussion series between Andy Rotherham and Jed Wallace intended to provide an informative and engaging forum where education reformers can grapple with tough issues related to our shared quest to improve public education in our country.

If you have ideas for WonkyFolk discussion topics, please email me!