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PEP Talk Episode 13: Donors Choose

August 19th, 2019

AASA's Noelle Ellerson Ng talks with Katie Bisbee and Anna Edwards of Donors Choose, touching on crowd funding, what it means for schools, classrooms, and students, and ways our organizations are partnering to highlight the opportunities for using platforms like Donors Choose strategically within districts. 

PEP Talk Episode 12: Sunil Mansukhani & Philip Tegeler

July 30th, 2019

Getting a little wonkier, this episode of PEP Talk unpacks a seemingly arcane provision in federal policy that limits the ability of school districts to better address integration. AASA's Noelle Ellerson Ng talks with  Sunil Mansukhani & Philip Tegeler about this outdated anti-busing policy, a policy that exists today merely because it hadn’t been replaced. It's something we've been collaborating on for a few years, but something that also saw a resurgence after a related issue arose in recent presidential politics. 

PEP Talk Episode 11: Carl Davis

July 17th, 2019

Longtime AASA friend Carl Davis, Research Director at Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, talked with Noelle Ellerson Ng all about the updated regulations released by the IRS, related to the tuition tax credit loop hole. 

PEP Talk Episode 10: National Coalition for Public Education’s NCPE

July 2nd, 2019

When it comes to being the top coalition for protecting and prioritizing the importance of public education at the federal level, and advocating against privatization agendas, there is no better or more effective coalition than the National Coalition for Public Education (NCPE). In this episode, AASA's Sasha Pudelski (an NCPE Co-Chair) chats with her fellow co-chair, Maggie Garrett with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. 

PEP Talk Episode 9: Education and Rural Advocate John Forkenbrock

June 14th, 2019

John Forkenbrock is a longtime AASA friend, making a career out of education policy and advocacy. His passion for strong public schools and rural education was central to his time on Capitol Hill and in education associations. Currently serving as a leader with Organizations Concerned with Rural Education (OCRE), John was previously the executive director for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS). In this episode, he chats with AASA's Noelle Ellerson Ng, and the conversation is as filled with policy insights as it is with colorful stories from an accomplished education career.

PEP Talk Episode 8: Edu-nomics Professor Bruce Baker

May 28th, 2019

AASA's Noelle Ellerson Ng chats with Professor Bruce Baker, the dynamo behind @SchlFinance101 and one of the AASA advocacy team's favorite people to talk to when it comes to school finance and education funding formulas. In this episode, we focus on his most recent paper, one that takes a fresh--and also understandable and approachable--analysis of all 50 state funding formulas. Professor Baker works at Rutgers University specializing in school finance, education policy & quantitative analysis.

PEP Talk Episode 7: Education and Economics Professor Nora Gordon

May 14th, 2019

Let's talk education and #Census2020! In this episode, AASA's Noelle Ellerson Ng talks with Georgetown Professor Nora Gordon, looking at exactly why Census 2020 matters to schools, what response rate and accurate count can mean to schools and communities, and starts to look at what superintendents can do.

PEP Talk Episode 6: Center on American Progress Scott Sargrad

May 1st, 2019

AASA's Noelle Ng talks with CAP's Scott Sargrad, running through three of their newest reports, on fixing chronic disinvestment, increasing teacher salaries, and if high school diplomas are a path to success. 

PEP Talk Episode 5: Education Superhighway Evan Marwell

April 15th, 2019

In this episode. AASA's Noelle Ng chats all things E-Rate and connectivity with Education Superhighway's Evan Marwell.

PEP Talk Episode 4: NAFIS Advocacy Director Leslie Finnan

April 2nd, 2019

Former AASA advocacy all-star Leslie Finnan moved on after 5 years to head up policy and advocacy for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS), the group that advocates for Impact Aid. She called in to talk through all the fun goings-on of federal education policy and schools right now.