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 Appoints CEO Of A Student Loan Company To Head Federal Aid Agency

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Plus school district secession, student borrower complaints and more.


Louisiana Is First State To Ban Public Colleges From Asking About Criminal History

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The "ban the box" movement is designed to open opportunities to the tens of millions of Americans with some kind of criminal record.


DeVos Rolls Back For-Profit College Regs, Harvard's President To Step Down

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A potential weakening of campus civil rights enforcement, a big transition at Harvard and more in our weekly roundup.


Teen Sex-Ed Resources For Oh, Oh, Those Summer Nights

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer is a time when kids claim more independence. And parents worry about keeping them out of trouble. A new generation of resources covers topics like puberty, consent and STDs.


How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

Monday, June 12, 2017

A nonprofit called Turnaround for Children helps schools meet the needs of children facing poverty and adversity.


This Week In Education: DeVos, Discrimination, Desegregation

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The week's education news featured debate over Harvard's rescinding of admissions for several incoming freshmen and the education secretary's contentious hearing on Capitol Hill.


Harvard Rescinds Admission Of 10 Students Over Obscene Facebook Messages

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Several would-be freshmen in the class of 2021 lost their spots when they posted offensive material in a group Facebook chat. College officials and high school counselors are reacting to the news.


Sen. Warren Launches 'DeVos Watch'; Principal Fired For Nazi Insignia

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Free college in Boston, and more news of the week, including the return of the IRS tool to help manage student loans.


The Role Of Yoga In Healing Trauma

Friday, June 02, 2017

So-called 'trauma-aware yoga' has mind and body benefits, says Georgetown research.


Education Department Faces Deep Cuts; DeVos Faces Tough Questions

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Our weekly education news roundup: Trump administration unveils its 2018 budget proposal; DeVos talks school choice in Indianapolis, then faces a grilling from lawmakers.


Why Did The Top Student Aid Official Under Betsy DeVos Resign?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Conscience or incompetence? Two competing narratives — along partisan lines — have emerged to explain the sudden departure of the head of the Federal Student Aid Office.


President Trump's Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education

Monday, May 22, 2017

The White House is expected to ask for big cuts, push school choice and change student loan repayment. But presidents have rarely succeeded in cutting the Education Department budget.


Here's A Voucher Program For Special Needs Kids That Works

Monday, May 22, 2017

Florida's Gardiner Scholarship provides families of students who have some special needs to homeschool. A controversial bill would expand it.


Why It's So Hard To Know Whether School Choice Is Working

Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's hard to know how schools of choice — charter or private — are performing. Researchers say that's precisely because they are schools of choice. But here's what we do know.


Trump Gives Commencement Address; Leaked Education Budget Has Big Cuts

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A push for better student data and more news of the week.


For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Florida has the most choices of any state for students with special needs: public, private, charter and home schooling. Still, some families can't find a good fit.


Backs To Betsy DeVos; Scholarships Denied; Paul Ryan Visits A Charter School

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Our weekly education news roundup: The secretary of education's commencement speech at an HBCU; aid denied to low-income students; an update on federal aid applications.


School Bullying Is Down. Why Don't Students Believe It?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A big new study shows half as many student reports of bullying — including physical bullying, threats and cyberbullying — compared with a decade earlier.


Morning News Brief: Congress And Constituents React To Comey And Health Care

Thursday, May 11, 2017

President Trump says he fired FBI Director James Comey because "he was not doing a good job." And members of Congress are facing hostile crowds at town halls back in their districts.


DeVos Commencement Speech Draws Protests

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

There is an outcry over the secretary of education's invitation to speak at the commencement of a private, Christian, historically black college in Florida.