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“The Citizen Stewart Show” is an independent, pull-no-punches podcast about the perils and promise of education and democracy. Hosted by Chris “Citizen” Stewart, CEO of Brightbeam, a nonprofit national network of activists fighting for educational opportunity and justice for every child. And co-hosted by Ravi Gupta, former Obama staffer and superintendent of a network of charter schools in the South. “The Citizen Stewart Show” will bring good humor and analysis to the dark forces keeping our students, schools, and democracy mired in counterproductive politics. No headline or issue is off limits, because education is at the heart of everything in America.

Episodes

EP 7  | Broken Sped, AARP For Parents, and Supercharged Tutoring

This week on The Citizen Stewart Show, Chris and Ravi discussed…

What’s making them mad:

  • Public Schools Are NYC’s Main Youth Mental Health System. Where Kids Land Often Depends on What Their Parents Can Pay (ProPublica, 11/17/22)

What’s making them think: 

What’s making them hopeful: 

  • $10 Million For 31 Groups Working to Make Tutoring More Available & Affordable (The 74, 11/22/22)

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EP 6  | Bribery in Michigan, Activism in Public Education, and Charter Schools Gaining Students in NYC

This week on The Citizen Stewart Show, Chris and Ravi discussed…

What’s making them mad:

  • Former President of the Madison District Public Schools Board of Education and a Local Contractor Charged in $560,000 Bribery Scheme (DOJ, 7/14/22)

What’s making them think: 

What’s making them hopeful: 

As New York City Schools Face a Crisis, Charter Schools Gain Students (NYT, 11/21/22)

EP 5 | Corruption in Stockton, the Math Backlash Cycle, and Upending Traditional Subject Structure

This week on The Citizen Stewart Show, Chris and Ravi discussed…

What’s making them mad: Corruption in Stockton

Incompetence Or Corruption At Stockton Unified; It’s Got To Be One Or The Other (Stocktonia, 6/22/22)

Possible Financial Catastrophe: Grand Jury Details Stockton Unified School District’s Money Mismanagement (NBC, 6/17/22)

 

What’s making them think: The Math Backlash Cycle

How Math Became an Object of the Culture Wars (New Yorker, 11/15/22)

The $1.1 Billion Math Solution? Gates Foundation Makes Math Its Top K-12 Priority (The 74, 10/19/22)

 

And what’s making them hopeful: Upending Traditional Subject Structure

Rethinking High School: Upending Traditional Subject Structure in Indiana (The 74, 11/15/22)

Ep 4 | The Midterm Elections, Smartphones in Schools, and Eugenics in Standardized TestingThis week on The Citizen Stewart Show, Chris and Ravi debated…

 
What’s making them hopeful:

Turnout for Young People Was the Second Highest Its Been in the Past 30 Years (NPR, 11/10/22)

The School-Choice Election Wave (Wall Street Journal, 11/10/22)

GOP School Boards: How Republicans Fared in School Board Elections All Over the Country (USA Today, 11/9/22)

What’s making them think:

This School Took Away Smartphones. The Kids Don’t Mind. (Wall Street Journal, 11/5/22)

Take Away Their Cell Phones (Education Next)

Then discussed what’s making them mad:

Why Aren’t We Talking About Eugenics in School Assessments? (Learning Equity Center)

Why the Academic Achievement Gap is a Racist Idea (Black Perspectives10/20/16)

The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing (NEA, 3/20/21)

Ep. 3 – Education Culture Warriors in Virginia, Student ‘Peace Warriors’ in Chicago, and Racial Preference in College Admissions

This week on The Citizen Stewart Show, Chris and Ravi discussed…

What’s making them mad:

Youngkin’s Education Tip Line Gripes: ‘Beowulf,’ Masks and ‘Grooming’ (Washington Post, 11/3/22)

How Education Culture Wars Have Shaped the Midterms (Vox, 11/4/22)

What’s making them hopeful:

Student ‘Peace Warriors’ at Chicago’s West Side Schools Spread Message of Nonviolence (Chalkbeat, 11/3/22)

Kids Were Fighting in School. Dads Began Patrolling Campus, and the Violence Stopped (Washington Post, 10/28/21)

And what’s making them think:

Why Randi Weingarten Supports Harvard’s Discrimination (WSJ, 10/30/22)

Ep. 2 – Abbott Elementary and the Charter School Debate, LGBTQ Harassment in Schools, Mississippi’s Test Score Success, and COVID School Closures

This week on The Citizen Stewart Show, Chris and Ravi discussed…

What’s making them angry:

Abbott Elementary misrepresenting charter schools in “Wrong Delivery” (9/28/22)

Charter Schools Get Better Results with Less Money Than Government‐Run Schools (Cato Institute, 10/10/19)

There Are Just 90 LGBTQ School Board Members. Half Were Threatened, Harassed (The 74, 10/25/22)

‘Unsafe, Unwelcoming’: LGBTQ Students Report Facing Hostility at School (Chalkbeat, 10/25/22)

What’s making them hopeful:

Mississippi Ranks No. 1 in Nation for Score Gains on National Assessment of Educational Progress (MSAchieves, 10/30/19)

And what’s making them think:

School Closures Were a Failed Policy (The Atlantic, 10/26/22)

Ep. 1 – Abuse in Schools, Chinese Immersion Schools, Outcome vs Equity Debate

In the premiere episode of The Citizen Stewart Show, Chris and Ravi discussed…
 
What’s making them angry: abuse in schools and its aftermath
What’s making them hopeful: the success of Chinese immersion schools in the Bay Area
What’s making them think: balancing the outcomes of equity and success in our schools
Preview for next week’s show: Abbott Elementary and the charter school debate
  • Abbott Elementary S2 E2: “Wrong Delivery”, 9/28/22 (watch here)
  • Charter Schools Get Better Results with Less Money Than Government‐Run Schools (Cato Institute, 10/10/19)
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