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Stephanie Linn: Interest in Education Savings Accounts Grows

SRN PODCAST: This spring, six states are considering a new idea in school choice called education savings accounts. Stephanie Linn, director of state programs and government relations at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, joins the podcast to discuss what's happening, how ESAs build on Milton Friedman's legacy, and why state lawmakers and parents are showing an interest in this innovative idea. Here's a link to the study Stephanie mentions during the podcast, called "The Education Debit Card," by Lindsay Burke.

John Whitehead: Bigger Police Budgets, More Police Aggression

BTN PODCAST - In this 'best of' podcast, Constitutional lawyer and author John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute discusses the growth in the aggressiveness of police forces, which seems to be increasing along with the size of their budgets.

Tom Steward: "Forgivable" Loans in St. Paul Don't Cover Light-Rail Disruptions

FIRE PODCAST - St. Paul, Minn., has issued almost $4 million of no-interest, forgivable loans to small businesses that saw steep drops in customer traffic as a result of the construction of a nearly $1 billion rail line. But for many businesses, the loans have been a drop in the bucket compared to the losses the light-rail line construction has inflicted. Watchdog.org Minnesota Bureau Chief has been covering the issue and joins us to talk about it.

Michael Bakalis and Joseph Bast: Education and Race - Part 2

SRN PODCAST - In this 'best of' podcast Michael Bakalis, the author of "'The Achilles Heel' - A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding and Closing the Black-White Academic Achievement Gap in Our Schools." He was join by Heartland President Joseph Bast. They engaged in a wide-ranging conversation about education and race. Part 2 of 2.

Michael Bakalis and Joseph Bast: Education and Race

SRN PODCAST - In this 'best of' podcast Michael Bakalis, the author of "'The Achilles Heel' - A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding and Closing the Black-White Academic Achievement Gap in Our Schools." He was join by Heartland President Joseph Bast. They engaged in a wide-ranging conversation about education and race. Part 1 of 2.

Patrick Wolf: To Help Young Black Men, Obama Should Stop Cutting Vouchers

SRN PODCAST - Among the few cuts inside latest budget proposal from the Obama administration is the DC vouchers program. Given President Obama's recent focus on helping needy young black men succeed, he should instead expand vouchers, if anything, says Patrick Wolf. Wolf is a professor in the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas, and he has done several studies of voucher programs in general and the DC program in particular. His research uncovers that vouchers are among the best of ways to help needy minority kids, and one of the few that save money in the process. Read Wolf's recent blog post on the subject: "Brother, can you spare a scholarship?"
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