Anya Kamenetz


Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt(Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

Anya Kamenetz appears in the following:

Education Department Faces Deep Cuts; DeVos Faces Tough Questions

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Our weekly education news roundup: Trump administration unveils its 2018 budget proposal; DeVos talks school choice in Indianapolis, then faces a grilling from lawmakers.


Why Did The Top Student Aid Official Under Betsy DeVos Resign?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Conscience or incompetence? Two competing narratives — along partisan lines — have emerged to explain the sudden departure of the head of the Federal Student Aid Office.


President Trump's Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education

Monday, May 22, 2017

The White House is expected to ask for big cuts, push school choice and change student loan repayment. But presidents have rarely succeeded in cutting the Education Department budget.


Here's A Voucher Program For Special Needs Kids That Works

Monday, May 22, 2017

Florida's Gardiner Scholarship provides families of students who have some special needs to homeschool. A controversial bill would expand it.


Why It's So Hard To Know Whether School Choice Is Working

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's hard to know how schools of choice — charter or private — are performing. Researchers say that's precisely because they are schools of choice. But here's what we do know.


Trump Gives Commencement Address; Leaked Education Budget Has Big Cuts

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A push for better student data and more news of the week.


For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Florida has the most choices of any state for students with special needs: public, private, charter and home schooling. Still, some families can't find a good fit.


Backs To Betsy DeVos; Scholarships Denied; Paul Ryan Visits A Charter School

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Our weekly education news roundup: The secretary of education's commencement speech at an HBCU; aid denied to low-income students; an update on federal aid applications.


School Bullying Is Down. Why Don't Students Believe It?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A big new study shows half as many student reports of bullying — including physical bullying, threats and cyberbullying — compared with a decade earlier.


Morning News Brief: Congress And Constituents React To Comey And Health Care

Thursday, May 11, 2017

President Trump says he fired FBI Director James Comey because "he was not doing a good job." And members of Congress are facing hostile crowds at town halls back in their districts.


DeVos Commencement Speech Draws Protests

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

There is an outcry over the secretary of education's invitation to speak at the commencement of a private, Christian, historically black college in Florida.


Health Care Bill Hits Special Ed; Trump Touts D.C. Vouchers Despite Poor Test Scores

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Our weekly education roundup: A big investigation into sexual assault in K-12 schools; achievement gaps persist in high school graduation rates.


Facts About Teens, Suicide And '13 Reasons Why'

Friday, May 05, 2017

As the Netflix series sparks a national discussion, new research shows 1 in 5 middle and high schoolers have thoughts of suicide, and offers suggestions for adults in fighting the problem.


A Public University Acquires A Big For-Profit, And Raises Big Questions

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Some 32,000 students from the for-profit Kaplan University will join Purdue University in Indiana as part of a deal announced recently.


4 Things We Don't Know About AP Tests

Monday, May 01, 2017

Nearly 3 million students take their Advanced Placement exams in the coming weeks. There's very little independent research on the benefits of these courses.


Trump On Education Department: 'Reverse This Federal Power Grab'

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Our weekly education news roundup: State officials criticize DeVos on student loan protections; and typos torpedo some grant applications for low-income students.


Student Loans: You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Is trade school the ticket? Does the middle class have the worst debt woes? Listeners weigh in with burning student loan questions.


DeVos Meets With A Key Union Leader; The Supreme Court Hears A Voucher-Related Case

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Education Secretary tours schools with the head of the American Federation of Teachers, the controversy over Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley, and other highlights from the week in education.


Tech Is Dominating Efforts To Educate Syrian Refugees

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Half of private donors to Syrian students are funding educational technology, a report says. It's not necessarily what schools need, one co-author says, considering they may lack reliable electricity.


This Week In Education: DeVos Hires; NY Announces Free College And Free Textbooks

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Federal marshals aren't the only new faces at the U.S. Education Department, we report in our weekly roundup of education news. The other big story: New York State's plan for free college.