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:

Hundreds Of Thousands Of 'Missing' Educators; A Hundred Thousand Homeless Students

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Plus, a 48 percent graduation rate at some of the for-profit and virtual schools often touted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.


Betsy DeVos' First Semester: A Status Report

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Charter schools, student loans, campus sexual assault: Here's what the education secretary has been up to.


For Traumatized Children, An Offer Of Help From The Muppets

Friday, October 06, 2017

Sesame Street in Communities aims to teach emotional coping skills to the youngest survivors of adversity, using characters familiar to millions.


How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Whether it's a hurricane, a mass shooting, racial and political violence or family trauma closer to home, teachers can be helpers. Here's our roundup of what you can do in these difficult situations.


Want Change In Education? Look Beyond The Usual Suspects (Like Finland)

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

New ideas for learning are found in the most unexpected places. Three new projects are helping them spread.


Our Student Loan Questions Live: Part One

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Is loan forgiveness a safe bet? When is college not a good investment? Is bankruptcy an option? Part one of our live call-in specials about student loan debt.

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Student Debt: Paralyzing Lives One Student at a Time

Friday, August 11, 2017

More college students are taking on more debt, and paying it all off will impact their lives, and the U.S. economy, for years to come. What are the solutions? 

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Student Loan Forgiveness For Public Servants Up In The Air

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The education secretary will allow competition for servicing student loans; new concerns over affirmative action; Public Service Loan Forgiveness in question, and more in our weekly roundup.


New Fears For Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

On a busy day for higher education news, the Department of Education suggests in a legal filing that no one is certified for the program.


A College President On Her School's Worst Year Ever

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Student deaths, mental health issues, stress and overwork, racial and ethnic tensions: These are just some of the challenges faced by Maria Klawe at Harvey Mudd College.


Tens Of Thousands More Women And Minorities Are Taking Computer Science

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Advanced Placement program has scored a win for diversity with the help of Silicon Valley.


Trump Donates To Education Department

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Secretary DeVos announces the president's donation, a report on good jobs without a college degree, college tuition goes down and more education news.


Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?

Monday, July 24, 2017

In a wired world, summer camp is one of the last phone-free zones. But campers, staff and especially parents don't always appreciate the message.


Morning News Brief: Trump Blasts Sessions, DeVos Talks To Conservative Activists

Thursday, July 20, 2017

In a new interview, President Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Also, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faces protesters in Colorado, and ICE agents say their work has recently changed.


Betsy DeVos Speech Greeted By Protesters She Calls 'Defenders Of The Status Quo'

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The education secretary has longstanding ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which backs school choice policies coast to coast.


Private Student Loans: The Rise And Fall (And Rise Again?)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

They're less common than they were a decade ago, but still the most expensive and riskiest way to pay for college.


One University President's Candid Take On The Future Of Higher Ed

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"I do not want whoever sits here in 10 years to say, 'How could you be asleep at the switch?'" opines Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University.


Teachers With Student Debt: The Struggle, The Causes And What Comes Next

Sunday, July 16, 2017

More than 2,000 teachers responded to our survey. Some called their student loan debt "an albatross around my neck," others simply said, "Help!"


Uproar Over Education Department Officials' Approach To Campus Sexual Assault

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Defrauded students speak out against DeVos' regulatory walkback, and more in our weekly roundup.


Education Department Official Apologizes For 'Flippant' Campus Sexual Assault Comments

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Candice Jackson, the top civil rights enforcer at the Education Department, apologized this week for remarks made on the topic of campus sexual assault to The New York Times that she said were "flippant." This comes as the department begins to change how it investigates claims of sexual assault, lending more of an ear to those accused as well as victims.