In our Newsmaker Interview, Bob talks with Max Eden, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, on the gravely misguided policies that he believes are contributing to shocking tragedies such as the Parkland school shooting, the subject of his new book, Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students.

Stories of the Week: At Edison High School in Philadelphia, students are in the building – but not in the classroom. Is the district gaming the attendance tracking system? Does the competition from charter schools drive up overall student achievement – in charters and traditional district schools – in cities? A new report from Fordham’s David Griffith sheds some light. In Arkansas, a Little Rock school board member calls for decertifying the teachers union. Is this legal? Bob checks in with Patrick Semmons of the National Right to Work Foundation about the rules around monopoly bargaining.

Commentary of the Week: Citizen Stewart on Cory Booker’s private school choice flip-flop and what it says about the political landscape.

Tweet of the Week: NCES’ map of the charter enrollment footprint by state

@EdNCES Sep 25 JUST RELEASED: Public #CharterSchool enrollment grew from 0.4 million students in fall 2000 to 3.0 million in fall 2016.

Find more #EdStats on #SchoolChoice here in our new report: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/schoolchoice #EdChat

About the Newsmaker Interview Guest:

Max Eden is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Before joining MI, he was program manager of the education policy studies department at the American Enterprise Institute. Eden’s research interests include early education, school choice, and federal education policy. His new book is Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students. He was coeditor, with Frederick M. Hess, of The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States (2017). Eden’s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets, such as the Journal of School ChoiceEncyclopedia of Education Economics and FinanceWashington PostU.S. News and World ReportNational ReviewClaremont Review of Books, and The Weekly Standard. He holds a B.A. in history from Yale University.

Twitter: @maxeden99 @ManhattanInst

Co-host Cara Candal is off this week.

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Also, comments in today’s program from:

David Griffith, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, @EducationGadfly

Patrick Semmens, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, @Right2Work

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