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Your Call: Who's in charge of America's schools?

Oct 21, 2015

  On the October 21st edition of Your Call, veteran education journalist Dale Russakoff joins us to discuss her new book The Prize, Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? 

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar

Oct 13, 2015

Carol Kocivar talks today with Michael McFarland, the Student Member on the California State Board Of Education.

Looking At Education

Sep 29, 2015

On the September 29, 2015 segment of "Looking at Education" with Carol Kocivar

On the September 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with reporter Kristina Rizga about her new book “Mission High.”

Looking At Education

Sep 8, 2015

Looking at Education with Carol Kosivar September 08,2015

How should we reconcile conflicts between the state’s responsibility to properly educate minors and the parents’ rights to influence their children's values and ideals? 

Looking at Education

Aug 25, 2015

Looking at Education with Carol Kosivar August 25, 2915


For decades, California’s public university system has been a model for the world, and its prestige has helped to create much of the state’s prosperity. More recently the system has been stumbling – a victim of constant budget cutting, chronic overcrowding, and administrative gridlock.

The Need for Molestation and Sexual Abuse Prevention Education for Children
Guests tonight: Richard Alexander, a nationally recognized personal injury and consumer protection attorney; Tanis Crosby, CEO of the Silicon Valley YWCA; and Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Eugene Hyman (Ret.).
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.

Looking at Education

Aug 11, 2015

In 2011, about 82 percent of San Francisco’s students graduated from high school. Ten percent dropped out. Break it down by ethnic group and the numbers change in uncomfortable ways. For example, just 62.3 percent of the city’s African-American students graduated, and nearly 20 percent dropped out. The numbers for Latino students are similar. Kids need education and support, but resources are increasingly scarce. Often in these cases, in cities like San Francisco, nonprofits step in. Resources for those organizations are limited, too, but it helps to be able to show pretty much constant success.


Callie Jones is showing me how to 3-D print a tiny yellow chess piece, after designing it herself on a computer. It’s her second day in the 3-D printing club and she’s already a pro.

“So the printer’s like putting little dots on top of little dots on top of little dots, and so when the dots hit each other, they start to dry, and so it just starts to build up and up and up until you make the figure that it’s printing,” she explains.

Hana Baba

Americans are often stereotyped as not knowing much about the rest of the world.  But, according to the numbers, it’s more than a mere stereotype. In the latest national geographic poll of geographic knowledge, American 18- to 24-year-olds place almost last, second only to Mexico.

Jeremy Dalmas

I ask teacher Peter Richardson about a good introductory song to the Grateful Dead. He mulls the question over for a moment. 

Looking At Education

Jun 23, 2015

Here is Carol Kosivar's "Looking AT Education" for June 23, 2015

Looking At Education with Carol Kocivar

May 26, 2015

Carol Kocivar speaks with Jesus Hoguin, President of the California School Boards Association.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

SF schools are developing computer science curriculum for all grade levels // SF Examiner

It’s 8:08am, the Friday before spring break, and under other circumstances Kathleen Byrnes would already be at work.

“We would be in our classrooms preparing for the day, which is where we would rather be,” she says.

The Spot: Arctic & Tropic

Apr 9, 2015
Ralph Lee Hopkins

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

April Fools Day -- Don't Be Fooled By Scams!
Guests: Jay White, Pro Bono Attorney with The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County; and  Joseph Ridout, Consumer Services Manager for Consumer Action, the national consumer  educational/advocacy organization.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 415-841-4134.

Stephanie Tam


California eighth graders are ranked 45th in the country in math, according to the most recent scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Meanwhile, the pool of jobs requiring math, science, and engineering experience is growing, especially in the Bay Area. For people with the right skills, these jobs have become the latest iteration of the American dream -- steady, livable wages, and plenty of demand.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mar 24, 2015

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Oakland Mural Artists Create a Mural Project to Honor Women Affected By Violence // Oakland North

Inside a "SuperGirl Math" playgroup

Mar 23, 2015
Rebecca Martin/Youth Radio

Inside A ‘SuperGirl Math’ Playgroup

On a Monday afternoon a group of second graders gathers at a friend’s house in Berkeley. As each girl arrives, she takes her shoes off, throws down her backpack, and sprints off to join her giggling friends.The girls teacher, Henri Ducharme -- a tall, soft-spoken man with mostly gray hair -- sits quietly on the rug. Soon all the girls are sitting in a circle.

Your Call: Remembering Dori Maynard,1958-2015

Mar 12, 2015

On the March 13th edition of Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. We’ll remember Dori Maynard, president of the Robert Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and champion of diversity in the media. She died of lung cancer on February 24. She fought for diversity until the very end. We’ll talk about how reporters can more accurately mirror the communities they cover with SF State’s Venise Wagner, the Bay Area News Group’s Martin Reynolds and G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism’s Lind Jue. Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

The Special Education Rights of Special Needs Children required by the Individuals With Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA).
Guest: M. Lynn Hansen, an attorney who represents Special Needs Children.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and M. Lynn Hansen please call 415-841-4134.

What Will Replace the Absurdly Expensive Degree?

Mar 2, 2015

Thanks to an endless stream of research and anecdote, more people are realizing that the absurdly expensive, time-consuming college and graduate degree are often not close to worth it--either in learning gains or employability. 

Perhaps in response, there's been an explosion of online courses--including those sought-after but overrated courses taught by the research professors at Stanford, Harvard, etc. 


Beginning next fall, all San Francisco public schools will offer a class called Ethnic Studies. It’s a look at American history and culture from the perspective of people who aren't white. It’s also a chance to break down race in the classroom, and deal with tough concepts like unconscious racism and structural inequality.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Feb 11, 2015
Larry Zhou

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

LGBT Community Holds "Die In" For SF Transgender Woman Killed in Stabbing // NBC Bay Area

"Hundreds of people came out Tuesday and staged a die-in in front of San Francisco City Hall to honor all those transgender people who have died violent deaths.

Illustration by Greg Palena


There was a man who stopped eating. Not because of his health or weight or spirituality. He was saving his appetite for a big feast that was one week away.

Why am I telling you this?