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Sparking joy for reading
A school bus driver started giving away books on her bus and realized that lots of kids didn't have books at home. She shares how she joined up with Dolly Parton to bring more books to kids.
How Mama Brown sent her neighborhood to college
An Oakland woman “adopted” a class of first graders and promised to pay for their college educations. What did she learn?
Lost, horrible and heartbreaking: Independent study woes
Host Zaidee Stavely talks with reporter Betty Márquez Rosales about the frustrations shared by parents and district officials. A parent from Mojave Unified in Kern County shares the heartbreak she feels after her sons' struggles with distance learning seem destined to repeat in independent study.
College amid a pandemic: The Class of 2025
Host Zaidee Stavely and reporter Ashley A. Smith discuss how this year’s freshman class in the California State University system will also be the cohort of students examined in four years to see if the university accomplished its goals to increase graduation rates.
Welcoming back English learners
Host Zaidee Stavely talks with a teacher in Los Angeles about how she's welcoming back English learners with lots of opportunities to practice speaking and making her classroom a place where students can build a community to ease the anxiety and stress caused by the pandemic.
Free school lunch for all
What impact will the state's new universal school meals program have on schools and children? Host Zaidee Stavely takes a deeper look with reporter Ali Tadayon and Stephanie Bruce, nutrition services director at Palm Springs Unified.
Enjoyed the show!
Not many good education news podcasts out there. This one has potential. Knowledgeable host and great guests so far. I’ll be following along.