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LA’s Messy Fight Over Charters

John Last (With Good Reason)

2017 saw the most expensive school board race in U.S. history for a single seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board. We talk to the people involved about how the battle over charters polarized the race.

9 mins

The Case Against Charter Schools

Diane Ravitch (NYU Steinhardt)

We talk to outspoken charter school critic Diane Ravitch about how charters can make inequality worse.

10 mins

An All-Charter Future

Tony Wagner (Harvard)

We hear from charter advocate Tony Wagner (Harvard) about what an all-charter future might look like.

10 mins

Busing 2.0

Allison Quantz (With Good Reason)

Louisville, KY is home to one of the most innovative and successful experiments in school desegregation in the country. So why are some people trying to kill it?

9 mins

The Schools America Forgets

Mara Casey Tieken (Bates College)

When we talk about public schools, we usually think about urban or suburban districts. But what about the rest of America? We explore the issues facing rural schools with Mara Casey Tieken.

15 mins

In the final episode of our special series on education and inequality, we dive deep into the debate over charters, examine new ways school districts are tackling integration, and explore the forgotten regions of America’s vast public school system.

This episode is the final in a six-part series. For other episodes from the series, check the sidebar or click here.

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