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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. 

PEP Talk Episode 2: Edu-Reporters Alyson Klein and Lauren Camera

March 22nd, 2019

Education reporters Alyson Klein (Education Week) and Lauren Camera (US News and World Report) talk all things edu-policy and what to expect in 2019 with AASA's Noelle Ellerson Ng.

PEP Talk Episode 3: FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

March 11th, 2019

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel joins AASA's Noelle Ellerson Ng to talk E-Rate, connectivity, homework gap, and leadership.

PEP Talk Episode 1: AASA Advocacy 2019 Overview

January 26th, 2019

Public Education Policy (PEP) Talk is the officially unofficial podcast for the AASA advocacy team. AASA represents the nation's public school superintendents, and this podcast is one more way to engage with our advocacy team. 


Our inaugural episode features AASA's advocacy team, Sasha Pudelski (Advocacy Director) and Noelle Ellerson Ng (Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy). Enjoy! - superior podcast hosting.

December 27th, 2018

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