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:

DeVos Spars With Teachers, Trump On Autism And More Education Stories Of The Week

Saturday, February 18, 2017

With Secretary Betsy DeVos rolling up her sleeves and joining President Donald Trump to talk with educators and parents, Washington, D.C., is at the center of a lot of education news this week.


Beyond DeVos, What 5 Key Trump Appointees Could Mean For Schools

Friday, February 17, 2017

Here's a roundup of how new leadership could affect education.


Did Betsy DeVos Make You Want To Run For School Board?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The controversy over President Trump's education secretary has brought new interest in seeking local office.


About That Bill Abolishing The Department Of Education

Thursday, February 09, 2017

A congressman has introduced a one-line bill that would kill the department. Legal scholars call it "symbolic legislation." Meanwhile, the House has voted to curtail some key education regulations.


Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The most controversial Cabinet pick in recent memory squeaks through with some help from Vice President Pence. Here are some implications for higher education, school choice and more.


How Betsy DeVos Became Trump's Least Popular Cabinet Pick

Friday, February 03, 2017

People from both sides of the aisle have come close to scuttling the nomination of the Michigan philanthropist to be secretary of education.


2 GOP Senators Break With Party On Betsy DeVos Confirmation

Thursday, February 02, 2017

The nomination of President Trump's choice for education secretary could come down to a single tie-breaker voted cast by Vice President Pence. Democrats and two Republicans oppose DeVos.


Under DeVos, Here's How School Choice Might Work

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Tax credit scholarships" are a twist on vouchers. Florida's program is one of the largest in the country, serving 92,000 students.


Students Stranded Worldwide By Trump Order

Monday, January 30, 2017

Many international students trying to get back to classes at NYU, MIT, Yale and other U.S. schools are now in limbo.


5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Some of the most popular ideas in education aren't necessarily the best fixes.


School Graduation Rates Are Deceiving. Here Are 7 Things That Would Help

Thursday, January 12, 2017

High school graduation rates are improving, but an investigation into the numbers shows some of that is due to quick fixes. Policy experts respond with their suggestions for real progress.


Is Free College Really Free?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Free tuition has been a buzz phrase lately, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statewide proposal puts it front and center this week. Here's our look at the fine print.


When A School's Online Eavesdropping Can Prevent A Suicide

Friday, December 23, 2016

Administrators now have the power to track students' browsing on school-issued laptops, even at home. That can help spot a student in distress. But the implications are complicated.


Advice From Parents On Screen Time And The Digital World

Friday, December 16, 2016

How do you cope with parenting in the digital age? And how do you balance it all? How do you protect your kids, yet give them the freedom to create and explore.


Real Parents, Real Talk About Kids And Screens

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

How do you cope with parenting in the digital age? And how do you balance it all? How do you protect your kids, yet give them the freedom to create and explore?


6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.


How College Friendships May Affect Student Success

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A new study and book finds friends can "drag you up" or "drag you down."


How One University Used Big Data To Boost Graduation Rates

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Georgia State says it has saved students $12 million in tuition because they're graduating faster, thanks to its new high-tech advising system.


4 Myths About School Bullying And The 'Trump Effect'

Friday, October 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton has just proposed a $500 million initiative to help states combat bullying. Here are some things you should know.


National Science Test Scores Are Out, But What Do They Really Tell Us?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The results are mixed for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders. More than that, though, experts say the nation's report card may be out of step with the latest goals for science learning.