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:

Students Walk Out For Gun Laws; West Virginia Teachers Walk Out For Pay

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Students across the country pushed for stricter gun laws while President Trump and Secretary DeVos made news at the Conservative Political Action Conference.


Trans Students, School Shooting, And Bill Gates Answers A Tough Question

Sunday, February 18, 2018

What's become of some very large sums of money directed (or not) towards education? Plus, DACA's impact on college-going, in our weekly roundup.


Should The Parkland Shooting Change How We Think About Phones, Schools and Safety?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Security experts say allowing students to have their phones with them during the school day is unlikely to make anyone safer. Maybe even the opposite.


Is There Any Way For Schools To Prevent Shootings?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

There is no one profile of a school shooter, but whole-school approaches to mental health and discipline have the potential to reduce violence.


Inside The Virtual Schools Lobby: 'I Trust Parents'

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Behind-the-scenes marketing has made 'I Trust Parents' the mantra of for-profit, online charter schools in their battles with states and traditional charter schools.


The Education Department Says It Won't Act On Transgender Student Bathroom Access

Monday, February 12, 2018

The announcement by the department officially states that the Title IX civil rights law doesn't protect gender identity.


Screen Addiction Among Teens: Is There Such A Thing?

Monday, February 05, 2018

The psychiatric profession is still divided, but there are treatment programs, apps and a new public campaign to address media overuse.


Screens & Kids: How Much? How Early?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NPR's Anya Kamenetz explores the questions of how much and how soon for children and digital devices through the scientific evidence available.


What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You? Take This Quiz And Find Out

Monday, January 29, 2018

Are you strict, pushover or right down the middle? These nine questions could help you find the right balance when it comes to your kids and digital devices.


Department Of Education Finds Texas Violated Special Education Law

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Students lost out on federally guaranteed special education services in the state of Texas, the federal government finds.


Why Foster Care Students In Seattle Are Beating The Odds

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Seattle-area nonprofit called Treehouse helped almost nine out of 10 students from the foster care system graduate high school this past year — a huge increase in a few short years.


The Biggest Education Stories Of 2017 And 2018

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Betsy DeVos, school choice, civil rights, student loans and for-profit colleges: A look at the year in education and the big stories we're watching next year.


How The House And Senate Bills Affect Higher Ed

Friday, December 08, 2017

Colleges and universities across the country are expected to be hit hard by the Republican tax plan. The House and Senate bills differ in important ways, but both would mean big changes for higher ed.


What A Tax Overhaul Could Mean For Students And Schools

Thursday, December 07, 2017

The House and Senate are working to reconcile their versions of a tax plan, but one thing is certain: Big changes are ahead for the nation's schools and colleges.


Saving Lives Via Text Message

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The suicide rate for teenage girls is at a 40-year high. A nonprofit called Crisis Text Line is providing help — sometimes lifesaving help — through a medium trusted by young people: text messages.


Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A new national survey of parents suggests mobile device use by children under 8 has increased tenfold in the past six years.


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.