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Issues in Education _ 4-Day Weeks, Homework, E-Buses _ 09/18/23

“Issues in Education”

What is happening affecting students, families, educators and taxpayers in Pennsylvania’s and New York’s school districts?

Education watchdog Dr. Ralph Kerr joins us on Mondays during the Family Life Noon Report for our “Issues in Education” feature. In this week’s interview:

  • As some business and labor interests push for shorter work weeks, should public schools which to a four-day week?
  • Does homework serve a purpose anymore?
  • With the push to go toward 100% all-electric vehicles, what does that mean for school bus fleets in the decade ahead?

Ralph Kerr, following a 30-year career as a school administrator, now leads the Teaching and Learning Institute headquartered in Houghton, New York.


Issues in Education – Migrants, Masks, and Bus Drivers – 09/11/23

Family Life’s “Issues in Education” News Feature is back for the start of the new school year.

Dr. Ralph Kerr, a longtime school administrator and the founder of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks about key issues happening now among classrooms, school boards, and communities. These conversations are important for parents, extended families and taxpayers.

This week:

  • Migrant crisis in the classroom,
  • Shortages of school bus drivers: The latest update
  • Are the masks coming back at school?

Bob Price is your host.  Ralph Kerr and TLI are based in Houghton, New York.

Issues in Education – Summer learning loss, and more – 06/19/23

Issues in Education

Controversial new guidance on gender-identities from the NYS Education Department — plus how to mitigate Summer “Learning Loss”

Dr. Ralph Kerr, founder of the “Teaching and Learning Institute” has the latest education issues in the news, in this conversation with Family Life’s Bob Price.


This week’s edition of “Issues in Education” is our 2022-23 “season finale”, as this program takes a “summer break” – but don’t worry, Kerr will be back with the start of the upcoming school year, to help you analyze issues and actions in school districts where you live, and throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

Issues in Education – Teaching burnout, Trade schools, and LGBTQ curricula – 06/05/23

“Issues in Education”

High Schoolers are ditching College for Blue-Collar Jobs…

Going Woke in the Classroom in NY and PA…

Dr. Ralph Kerr of the “Teaching and Learning Institute” equips Christians on how to engage with their local public schools.  Listen for more about what trends and issues are happening in YOUR local school.

Issues in Education – Ralph Kerr – 05/15/23

There’s lots going on in the education arena these days. 

  • Financial Literacy Classes at School
  • Previewing Tuesday’s Big School Budget Vote in NY
  • PA voters shape their local schools

Dr. Ralph Kerr gets us caught up with everything you need to know in the classroom, next on this week’s edition of “Issues in Education”.

Issues in Education – Voters choose budgets & boards – 05/08/23

Less than 10 percent of eligible voters will cast ballots on School Budget Day and that’s too bad.  Find out why from education advocate Ralph Kerr on this edition of Family Life’s “Issues in Education” feature.

Dr. Kerr is founder of the Teaching and Learning Institute based in Houghton, New York. The former school administrator joins us on alternating Mondays during the Noon Report on the radio and online. The “Issues in Education” podcast is available 24/7 from FamilyLife.org/newspodcasts.


Issues in Education – Q’s for School Board Candidates – 04/24/23

3 Questions to Ask Prospective School Board Members

Next month, New York voters must decide the make-up of their local school board.  Dr. Ralph Kerr at the “Teaching and Learning Institute” says there are 3 questions that need to be asked of those who are seeking a seat.  Find out what those 3 questions on this week’s edition of “Issues in Education”.

These same questions are appropriate to ask when local districts in Pennsylvania hold elections, and when boards in either state select new members to fill vacancies.

Issues in Education – Ralph Kerr – 04/10/23


How to combat “Swatting”, guns in schools, and Native American mascots

Swatting is intentionally calling in fake threats of violence against schools, hoping to create a SWAT Team response. It’s been a recent epidemic seen in Pennsylvania, New York and many other areas of the nation.

A March 27 school shooting in Nashville brings to the forefront again questions about safety and security — and the emotional responses — for students, school staff, and families.

A New York Education Department edict for school districts to eliminate certain mascots and nicknames is causing decisions and budget implications for school boards and administrators.


Education watchdog Ralph Kerr weighs in on the weighty issues of the day as they pertain to our public school families and taxpayers. Here’s our update on what’s happening in early April. Dr. Kerr is the founder the Teaching and Learning Institute, headquartered in Houghton, New York.

Issues in Education – Bullying, Parents’ Bill of Rights – 03/27/23

On Family Life’s “Issues in Education” Dr. Ralph Kerr with the Teaching and Learning Institute does a deep dive into the issues you care about that impact our public schools.  Here’s what’s going on this week:

  • Parents’ “Bill of Rights” – is it needed at school
  • What should you to do – and not do – if your child is bullied at school?
  • “Buzzwords” at Public Schools: mindfulness, emotional and social learning, restorative practices


Issues in Education – Paying Teachers Enough – 03/20/23

Dr. Ralph Kerr with the Teaching and Learning Institute takes a closer look at issues in the news which pertain to our public schools.  Here’s what’s happening this week …

  • Are Teachers Paid Enough?
  • Test Scores Tank in NY
  • Why school boards need the influence of Christians and other parent