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Wordle of responses to our Public Insight Network query on adjuncts.

Adjuncts Unite

What would higher education look like without adjunct professors? That’s what a grass-roots group of academics is trying to prove by holding a National Adjunct Walk-out Day on February 25.
Photo: Shannan Muskopf via Flickr.

To Test or Not to Test?

Sometime in the next few weeks, Senate Republicans and Democrats will vote to reauthorize The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. On the podcast this week, we talk to two education advocates who differ on how and when we should test our kids.
At Greenwood Elementary, Mark Stewart, 8, seated, exchanged introductions with a new classmate, Darrel Hughes, also 8. Photo by Michael Coers Sept. 3, 1975 Published in the Louisville Times on 9/4/1975

Looking back: An Imperfect Revolution

In June 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down school desegregation plans that look at students’ race. This week on the podcast, we’re featuring our 2007 documentary, “An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era,"
Dr. Myiesha Taylor, at home in Dallas. (Photo: Suzanne Pekow)

Are HBCUs the Key to Producing More African American Physicians?

We talk to a Dallas doctor who thinks HBCUs may be the best pathways for African Americans interested in careers in medicine.
Michael Walker with students in Minneapolis (photo: @MPS_BlackMales Twitter account)

Boosting Black Male Student Achievement

The Minneapolis Public School District created an Office of Black Male Student Achievement earlier this year. One goal of the office is to help young African American men graduate from high school in greater numbers.
President Barack Obama talks with students at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo:

Free Community College for All

President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls “responsible students” who are “willing to work for it.” It’s being called “America’s College Promise.” This week on the podcast we examine the prospect of free community college for all.
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What’s in a number?

Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put ‘em down.
Melinda Gates visits a school supported by the Gates Foundation. (Photo: Gates Foundation via Flickr)

Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years. But our guest this week argues that philanthropies are increasingly pushing specific educational agendas.
Cambodian American students rally in Washington DC for the All Students Count Act of 2014. Photo: Phuong Do.

Who’s missing from the achievement gap debate?

The achievement gap refers to the disparities in academic success between lower-income students of color and their more affluent white counterparts. But according to Quyen Dinh, executive director of the national advocacy organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), one group often left out of the conversation is Southeast Asian American students.
College Finance. Photo: Josh McKible via Flickr.

Rising prices on the poorest

In January 2014 nearly a hundred college presidents gathered at the White House for a summit on the rising cost of college. But data show that those same institutions have been raising their prices fastest for the poorest students than for wealthier ones. This week on the podcast, we talk to a reporter who has been following the rising college cost burden on poor families.