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June 22, 2020

Straight Up Conversation: Gov. Jeb Bush on Leadership in the Time of Coronavirus

Rick talks with former Gov. Jeb Bush about leadership in education, how remote learning worked out, and the initiative of teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 14, 2020

Betsy DeVos on Coronavirus and Schools: An Update on the Federal Response

"Many have been trained to ask the department 'mother, may I?' instead of embracing flexibility and taking initiative," says U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

May 12, 2020

Council of the Great City Schools Chief on Coronavirus and What's Ahead

"If [Washington] does not approve substantial additional funding, state and local revenue losses will result in teacher layoffs and cuts to other supports and services that will take a generation to recover from," says Mike Casserly.

May 11, 2020

Sen. Lamar Alexander on the Congressional Response to Coronavirus

"A one-hour flight to Washington doesn't make you any smarter, and I don't think we need to come up with a bunch of big ideas up here and send them back to states to implement—especially in education," says Alexander.

May 08, 2020

NewSchools Venture Fund CEO on Education Philanthropy During Coronavirus

"Folks in some foundations are quietly expressing frustration that they've been cautioned to stay in their lane and only fund things aligned with their pre-COVID strategy," says Stacey Childress.

May 07, 2020

Former New Mexico Schools Chief Hanna Skandera on Coronavirus

"The current situation may force our hand to adjust our measures of evaluation, and, personally, I think it is beyond time that we push our thinking to include new ideas," says Hanna Skandera.

May 06, 2020

Iconic Teacher Leader on Coronavirus Response

"Educators are completely redesigning instructional delivery while constantly being thrown new rules. It's like 'flying the plane as you build it,'" says Maddie Fennell.

May 05, 2020

Walton Family Foundation K-12 Chief on Coronavirus and Schools

"We don't know what the implications of this pandemic will be in the long-run, but ... I think this is something that will ultimately bring us together and make our coalitions stronger," says Marc Sternberg.

May 04, 2020

Roxanna Elden on Educating from Home During Coronavirus

The first question teachers often get is, "Is this for a grade?" Educator and author Roxanna Elden always found that question irritating. As a parent in the age of COVID-19, she's been asking it every week.

May 01, 2020

Philanthropy Roundtable K-12 Chief on Funders' Response to Coronavirus

"This pandemic has given us an opportunity to think boldly about students' educational needs and how to creatively respond to them," says Katherine Haley.

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