KPFA: Education Today [Program Feed]

  • Education Today – January 11, 2019
    Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month.
  • Education Today – January 4, 2019
    Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month.
  • Education Today – December 28, 2018
    The Oakland school district is considering the closure of 24 more public schools, in spite of the fact that the population of the city is growing.  What does this mean?  Who does it affect?  What do the parents of East Oakland who face the closing of 14 schools say about it all?    Who is driving this agenda and can it be changed?  Kitty talks with  parents who are organizing against the closure of Roots Middle School.
  • Education Today – November 23, 2018
    Hear teacher-leader Erica Viray Santos in conversation with Kitty Kelly Epstein about  San Leandro High’s innovative Social Justice Academy.   And then hear other education news.
  • Education Today – November 9, 2018
    Kitty Kelly Epstein talks with newly elected West Contra Costa school board member, Consuela Lara, about her work as an educator and important issues for the school district.
  • Education Today – October 26, 2018
    [caption id="attachment_299367" align="aligncenter" width="606"] Danny GloverSource: Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Actor, producer and activist Danny Glover dialogues with Kitty Kelly Epstein about the San Francisco State Strike and other influences which shaped his social justice activism.
  • Education Today – October 12, 2018
    The Political Economy of Gentrification and What It does to School Children:  Urban Scholar Christian Noakes explains how capitalists achieve maximum profits from gentrification and educator Taylor Wallace explores the impact on children and adolescents.  
  • Education Today – September 14, 2018
    Kitty talks first  with a Marin County school board member who is trying to get the Confederate name of her school district changed. And, even in California, some people don’t think it needs to be changed And then she talks with two activists about their opposition to an Oakland ballot measure that is supposed to be helping Oakland kids but is actually bad legislation, according to some. Hear them explain.
  • Education Today – September 7, 2018
    Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month.
  • Education Today – August 24, 2018
    This week we take up the differences between what a left-leaning or progressive mayor does about economic development in contrast with a corporate Democrat.  And we use the case of Oakland’s late Mayor and former Congressman, Ron Dellums to sort out the issue.    In the second part of the show we hear about a bill going through the state legislature which will have an impact on the Oakland schools.
  • Education Today – August 10, 2018
    The National Press has covered the service of Ronald V. Dellums as a Congressman and national leader since his death in late July.  Yet, few have reported on his work as Mayor of Oakland.   Today, Education Today will examine the impact of Dellums’ tenure as Mayor in the areas of education, police costs and behavior, public safety and related issues.
  • Education Today – July 13, 2018
    We interview Jovanka Beckles, candidate for California Assembly District 15.  We ask her about some of the states’s biggest education issues.   For example, the State Board just agreed to allow another charter school to be built in Oakland; this charter’s application had already been rejected by the Oakland district.    Is there a problem with state law when districts are told to close existing schools and required to open schools they didn’t ask for?    California districts have few Latino teachers, and there really is no way for them to change this, because the state is in charge of deciding who gets to teach.  Can anything be done about this?  We get into this and many other questions.  We have invited the other candidate in this race; she has not responded.  
  • Education Today – July 6, 2018
    Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein, and airs on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month.
  • Education Today – June 22, 2018
    Kitty talks with eminent scholar, Dr. Orlando Taylor, about issues in Black psychology as a lead-up to the 50th anniversary conference of the Association of Black Psychologists taking place in Oakland June 27.   The Association’s members have led the way on such important issues as IQ testing, disproportionate Special Ed. placements, and Ebonics. Then Kitty critiques many of the State’s politicians, including “mainstream” Democrats, in relation to urban districts, especially Oakland.
  • Education Today – June 8, 2018
    [caption id="attachment_290009" align="aligncenter" width="481"] [1] Keith Brown, Bret Harte Middle School – Oakland, CA.Source: Education Votes – NEA.[/caption] Keith Brown, the newly elected president of the Oakland Education Association, talks with Kitty Kelly Epstein about his perspective and his work.  Keith is a lifelong Oakland resident, a graduate of Oakland Public Schools, and an enthusiastic teacher.    His mother was an active parent, and he brings a thoroughly Oakland perspective to the position.  He talks about “bargaining for the common good” and building “organic teacher leadership” for the union, and he comments on the “Red State” teacher movement of the past few months [1]×324.jpg

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