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The Christian College Upending Florida’s Schools

Florida is a useful laboratory for conservatives who want to reshape public education across the country.


Episode Notes

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has encouraged a small Christian college to exert an unusual amount of influence over education policy: Hillsdale College, an institution growing in notoriety among conservative luminaries. Now, Hillsdale is using Florida public schools as a laboratory for its plans to reshape public education across the country.

Guests: Anita Carson, a former sixth grade teacher in Florida, and Sommer Brugal, education reporter for the Miami Herald.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, and Madeline Ducharme, with help from Anna Rubanova, Anna Phillips, and Jared Downing.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.