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Fully Leaded Education Talk. Progressive Education news and commentary with Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Jed Hopkins.

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REAL Teacher Educators (Morna McDermott and Denisha Jones) respond to Dan Willingham's claim that ?The problem in American education is not dumb teachers. The problem is dumb teacher training." This quote appeared in The... more

First Randi Weingarten and the AFT endorsed Hillary Clinton over the objection of its members and now its seems as if Lily Eskelsen García and the NEA may do the same. WHY?

Last week Valerie Strauss featured a letter from over 30 principals from Southern Wisconsin to governor Scott Walker. In the letter the principals put forth the argument that funding of public schools in WI must be restored and that if the... more

In this special episode Jed and Tim talk to two Milwaukee Punks that have launched the Unintimidated movement. DJ Hostettler and Tony Weber, co-coordinators of Unintimidated: Wisconsin Musicians Against Scott Walker.... more

What if your mission was to "envision a Wisconsin where postsecondary education moves forward through an open exchange of ideas, the careful consideration of research, and a strong focus on the public good?" However... more

In this episode Jed and Tim drink coffee at Michelangelo's and talk to the editor and chief of The Progressive—Ruth Conniff—about ESEA reauthorization. Look here, here, here, and here. Also in Trending News... more

1400 positions will be cut from Chicago Public Schools at the start of next school year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it won't be that bad and besides if the teachers want to receive a pension then he has no other choices. Well Chicago principal... more

BustED Pencils will be podcasting live from Michelangelo's Coffee Shop downtown Madison on State Street. In this episode Jed and Tim talk "trending news" in education. Trending News Is your high school in need of remediation?... more

BustED Pencils begins its weekly broadcast live from Michelangelo's coffee house. The People's Press Conference On Tuesday, June 30, public education supporters from throughout the state will unite in Madison for a press... more

One of the most egregious attacks is coming from state Rep. Mary Czaja with support from Gov. Walker, who snuck into the pending budget, legislation that would allow anyone whom a school administrator deems worthy to become a... more

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