Kevin’s Podcast

Episode 18: The delta variant, and the implications for fall

The surging coronavirus delta variant casts a long, ominous shadow over the start of the new school year. But what do we know about this new variant — and what’s different about the new phase of the pandemic? To get some answers, Kevin Richert sits down this week with Audrey Dutton of the Idaho Capital…

Episode 17: The virtual learning boom, and what comes next

The Idaho Virtual Academy was providing online education before the pandemic, serving some 1,700 K-12 students pre-pandemic. By fall 2020, enrollment had mushroomed to more than 3,800 students. To look back at the boom, and look at the prospects for 2021-22, we interview Kelly Edginton, the head of school at the academy. Idaho Education News…

Episode 16: A midsummer back-to-school status update

Believe it or not — and ready or not — mid-July marks the unofficial midpoint of summer break. We spend this week’s podcast talking to Quinn Perry, the policy and government affairs director for the Idaho School Boards Association. We talk about the back-to-school picture, heading into 2021-22, the coronavirus delta variant and vaccines, the…

Episode 15: A reunion (and recap) podcast

It’s almost like old times for this week’s podcast. This week, Idaho Capital Sun reporter Clark Corbin returns to his old haunts to talk about Idaho politics, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s indoctrination task force, and more. Catch it here, and check in every Friday for the Kevin Richert Podcast. Idaho Education News · Episode 15

Episode 13: Challenges in the Latino community, in the pandemic and beyond

A state audit has uncovered multiple issues with the English Language Learner program in Wilder — a rural school district with a large Latino student population. (Click here for the June 18 story, from Sami Edge of Idaho EdNews and Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman.) Meanwhile, the pandemic has posed unique challenges to Hispanic…

Episode 12: A conversation with Bert Glandon

Bert Glandon retired in May — but not after leading the College of Western Idaho through 12 years of almost uninterrupted growth. This week, we interview Glandon about his time at CWI, the future of community colleges — and his days as a rock-and-roll drummer.   Idaho Education News · Episode 12  

Episode 11: The political silly season starts early

Fun fact: The 2022 Idaho primaries are still 11 months away. But you couldn’t tell from the turmoil of the past couple weeks. To sort out the recent events, and to look ahead, Kevin Richert interviews Boise State University political science professor Jaclyn Kettler. Idaho Education News · Episode 11

Episode 10: What’s next for early education in Idaho?

When Idaho lawmakers left the Statehouse last month, they left a three-year, $6 million-a-year federal early education grant on the table. What happens now? And what is the future of early education, in a state that has long resisted funding pre-K? For answers, we sit down this week with Beth Oppenheimer, executive director of the…

Episode 9: A conversation with C. Scott Green

Between the pandemic — and the politics of the 2021 legislative session — it was an eventful year for Idaho’s colleges and universities. This week on the podcast, Kevin Richert interviews University of Idaho President C. Scott Green about the 2020-21 school year, and the prospects for 2021-22. Idaho Education News · Episode 9