Students Over Systems

Students Over Systems

The Students Over Systems podcast features conversations that celebrate education freedom and brighter futures. Host Ginny Gentles, director of the Education Freedom Center at Independent Women’s Forum, is joined by the parents and policymakers who empower families with leverage and options. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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April 2, 2024 30 mins

Did you know that 64% of parents wish they had more information about education options for their children? Shelby Doyle with the National School Choice Awareness Foundation joins the podcast to share tips and resources for parents who are seeking alternatives to their residentially-assigned public schools. We first discuss Shelby's homeschooling experience and then review the tools available to parents at schoolchoiceweek.com...

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In their new book, Getting Education Right: A Conservative Vision for Improving Early Childhood, K–12, and College, Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane outline a principled conservative vision that could cultivate schools that are formative, flexible, and human. In this supersized Students Over Systems episode, Rick and Mike encourage conservatives to advocate for local control, tradition, and opportunity while ...

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What does it mean to truly empower and trust families to make education decisions for their children? Whitney Marsh, Director of Policy Operations at yes. every kid. Foundation, joins Students Over Systems to discuss removing boundaries that restrict where families can send their kids to school, supporting edupreneurs, and implementing effective education savings account (ESA) programs. Whitney advocates for a shift away from exces...

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Chris and Christine Stigall, hosts of the Herzog Foundation's Making the Leap podcast, join Students Over Systems to share how they encourage and equip parents to make choices best suited for their families. Chris and Christine (a former public school educator) discuss both their family's education choices and concerns they hear from other parents, including how some public schools have become "fancy rec centers." The Stigalls also...

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Corey DeAngelis, senior fellow at the American Federation for Children, joins Students Over Systems to discuss the educational industrial complex, the pernicious influence of teachers unions, and the recent growth in school choice programs. Corey explains why he advises leaning into the culture wars in his upcoming book, The Parent Revolution. He also dispels a number of education freedom myths, including the assertion that school ...

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Former Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, pioneer of the universal education freedom model, joins the Students Over Systems podcast as we celebrate National School Choice Week. We discuss Arizona's reputation as the Wild West of school choice, the growth of the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, and the wide array of education options in the state. Governor Ducey tackles school choice myths and describes why teachers unions r...

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January 9, 2024 26 mins

Tera Myers joins the first Students Over Systems episode of 2024 to discuss how school choice empowers parents of students with disabilities. Tera describes her successful advocacy for the Ohio special needs scholarship program that enabled her son to receive an education that met his complex needs. She advises parents to tune out teachers unions' fear-mongering and to seek, research, and embrace education opportunities in their st...

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Nicole Solas joins Students Over Systems to review the IWF Education Freedom Center's 2023 Naughty and Nice List. Teachers unions that closed schools with strikes top the naughty list. Union leaders Randi Weingarten, Becky Pringle, and Chicago's Stacy Davis Gates, as well as Baltimore Public Schools, Providence Public Schools, PEN America, and school districts that forced teachers to lie to parents were also quite naughty this year...

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On this episode of Students Over Systems, host Ginny Gentles talks with Derrell Bradford, president of 50CAN, about school choice and teachers unions. Derrell views prolonged school closures in highly unionized areas as "one of the great domestic policy failures of our lifetimes" and believes allowing funding to follow children reduces unions' outsized power to disrupt the lives of students and parents. He shares his insights from ...

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Ryan Walters is a former high school history teacher who currently serves as Oklahoma's Superintendent of Public Instruction. He joins Students Over Systems to share his views on teachers unions, parental rights, and protecting children from indoctrination and sexually explicit materials. Superintendent Walters, who is a strong advocate for empowering parents by increasing transparency and offering universal school choice, conclude...

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Gerard Robinson helped pave the way for universal education freedom with the 2017 book he co-edited entitled Education Savings Accounts: The New Frontier in School Choice. On this week's Students Over Systems episode, he provides a historical overview of the early days of school choice, describes the steady growth of the movement over three decades, and addresses the lack of education freedom in Virginia, where he pr...

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On this episode of Students Over Systems, special guest Virginia Walden Ford discusses the grassroots parent advocacy movement she led which resulted in the passage of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program almost 20 years ago. Virginia lauds the past congressional advocates for the program, which provides K-12 scholarships to low-income D.C. families, and laments the repeated efforts by school choice opponents to choke off its f...

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott brought the state legislature back this month for a special legislative session to consider a K-12 education savings account (ESA) proposal. Mandy Drogin, campaign director of Next Generation, joins the podcast to discuss the ESA proposal and plans to expand Texas parental empowerment in the Lone Star state by increasing transparency, quality, respect for parents as ultimate decision makers for their chil...

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Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward is a champion for the welfare of children and youth. On this episode of Students Over Systems, Senator Ward lays out the strong support in Pennsylvania for education freedom, including the proposed “Pennsylvania Award for Student Success” (PASS) program designed to provide lifeline scholarships to K-12 students trapped in the state's lowest-performing schools. Senator Ward describe...

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Dr. Lance Izumi, senior director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute, joins the Students Over Systems podcast to discuss why K-12 public schools aren't as good as middle-class parents think. Dr. Izumi describes three of his recent books that expose the weaknesses of the K-12 education system and highlights stories of parents who are seeking alternatives: Not as Good as You Think: Why the Middle Class ...

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Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC) joins the Students Over Systems podcast to discuss the federal government's role in education policy. Rep. Foxx outlines her goals as chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and delves into the hearings and legislation her committee has prioritized this year. We talk about steps the federal government can take to protect parental rights and expand education freedom.

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August 22, 2023 27 mins

Jenny Clark, an Arizona mother of five and Arizona State Board of Education member, joins the Students Over Systems podcast to discuss the state's Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). Jenny shares the education options her family uses, dispels ESA myths perpetuated by teachers unions and their supporters, and explains the importance of parent engagement when implementing education freedom programs. She also describes how her or...

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John Schilling, senior advisor to the Invest in Education Coalition, joined Students Over Systems to discuss federal school choice options. John shares the current threats to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program for low-income students and the widespread congressional support for a federal educational choice tax credit. We lament the power-hungry nature of teachers unions--the biggest bullies in school--and celebrate the good n...

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Paul Zimmerman joins the Students Over Systems podcast to discuss the teachers unions' pernicious influence on K-12 education. Paul, who leads the Defense of Freedom Institute's Teacher Unions Accountability Project, explains how unions use collective bargaining agreements to implement their radical political agenda. He also exposes the alarming "passing the trash" process that protects union members who have abused students. We co...

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Dr. Patrick Wolf joins the Students Over Systems podcast to discuss education freedom research and implementation. Dr. Wolf, who leads the School Choice Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas, kicks off the discussion with an update on the new Educational Freedom Accounts created as part of the LEARNS Act signed by Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders in March. He provides an overview of evaluations of school choice program...

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