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BustED Pencils

BustED Pencils

Listen Live: Monday - Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Host: Civic Media

BustED Pencils; Fully Leaded Education Talk is a powerful radio show/podcast dedicated to public education. BustED Pencils is known for its commitment to the hard facts with a humorous twist. Hosts Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci cover the “real” issues in education. The show establishes an alternative space and discusses education reform from an entirely progressive perspective. Our approach is funny, edgy, passionate, witty and gritty and features an array of guests. BustED Pencils explores the political and commercial influences behind education policy. We deliver trending education news without the jargon, and most importantly, we promote a vision of public schools that all children deserve. BustED Pencils appeals to ”your neighbor”—parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers, policymakers, taxpayers and students alike.

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Tim and Johnny are joined by teacher Hailee fresh out of a union meeting and fired up to talk fully leaded education. Are we teaching children mindfulness techniques in order to help them grow as people or as one more desperate effort for behavior management in the classroom? One helps us as a society, one […]

BustED Pencils

May 22, 2024


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Trending news in public education A California district has agreed to pay a $360,000 settlement to a PE teacher who was terminated for not adhering to gender affirming practices who claims her first amendment rights were violated. Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny break down whether this is an accurate claim or not and compare it […]

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May 21, 2024


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It’s a Monday but we got this! Join Tim and Johnny and guests Chris Saldana and Heather Dubois Bourenane as they check in on budgets that haven’t kept pace with inflation and how much it really takes to education one student for one year. Chris talks us through how school budgets are determined and where […]

BustED Pencils

May 20, 2024


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The birth of knowing- what education really means. In the weekly wrap-up, Tim and Johnny wrestle again with how to use powerful tools like AI in the classroom for good and what to do when curriculum mandates get in the way of real learning opportunities.

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May 17, 2024


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A conversation with Aaron Makelky on the pros and cons of using AI in the classroom. Is it a powerful tool that we should be teaching students to harness for good? Or is it a dangerous cesspool for nothing better than cheating?

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May 16, 2024


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With insights from teachers Hallie and Joanna, the conversation delves deep into the realities of the teaching profession, exploring the struggles of maintaining balance and wellness in a demanding educational environment. They address the pressing need for a shift in how well-being is integrated within schools, arguing for a system that supports both teachers and […]

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May 15, 2024


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Its just Johnny, Tim, and the latest hits in education news, namely the so-called ‘science’ of reading.

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May 14, 2024


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It’s almost like putting the tests ahead of the students was a bad idea… Join Dr. Johnny on a solo show with guest Dr. Amanda Fraiser as they discuss the wide differences between the charter school conundrum from Wisconsin to Tennessee to Washington. Dr. Amanda Fraiser is a well-published researcher who has been in and […]

BustED Pencils

May 13, 2024


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Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci, along with guest Teacher Hallie, dive into the profound impact of educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. They share personal anecdotes and heartfelt tributes to teachers who have significantly influenced their lives, underscoring the transformative power of education. The conversation extends beyond mere appreciation as they critically examine the […]

BustED Pencils

May 8, 2024


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Continuing Teacher Appreciation Week, Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny are excited to welcome Dr. Diane Ravitch to the program! She is an esteemed educator and education historian, and you can check out her books at dianeravitch.com. She talks with Tim and Johnny about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on education. In 2020, she published […]

BustED Pencils

May 8, 2024

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