On this week’s show, Andrew Rotherham, cofounder and partner at Bellwether Education partners, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss Glenn Youngkin’s election and what it means for education politics. He shared his thoughts about this on an interview for The 74, where he described the problem with Democrats ignoring parental concerns, in Virginia and nationally, about gifted education, Covid protocols, and how race is discussed in schools. But he also cautioned that Republicans shouldn’t misread the situation and overreach. After this discussion, on the Research Minute, Adam Tyner examines a study looking at the effectiveness of credit recovery courses.
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- Follow Andy on Twitter at @arotherham.
- Andy’s points summarized: “Q&A: Education Commentator Andrew Rotherham on the Virginia Governor’s Race and the K–12 Peril Facing Democrats.”
- For more on recent trends in education politics, see Mike’s “Now it’s the GOP’s turn to mess up the critical race theory issue” and Checker Finn’s “A parents’ education bill of rights is a fine thing—within limits.”
- The study that Adam reviewed on the Research Minute: Samantha Viano, “A Choice between Second Chances: An Analysis of How Students Address Course Failure,” American Journal of Education (November 2021).
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