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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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In this thought-provoking episode of “Busted Pencils,” educators Dr. Tim Slecker and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci are joined by seasoned teacher Melinda Karshner delve into the ongoing challenges and pressures of standardized testing in schools. With over two decades of experience, Mrs. Karshner brings a critical perspective on how current testing practices affect not just the […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 16, 2024


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Joined by Mitchell Robinson, an elected member of the Michigan State Board of Education and a fervent advocate for public education, Dr. Slekar and Dr. Luppinacci set out to explore the recent resolution he authored aimed at ensuring charter schools operate with the same transparency and accountability as public schools. The conversation kicks off with […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 15, 2024


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Tonight, Dr. Johnny Lupinacci is flying solo, recapping what we’ve learned this week. He spends some time talking about how dark money can affect both public and private education. We need to stay vigilant about terms that sound nice, like “school choice.” These schools do not improve learning. In fact, private and charter schools are […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 12, 2024


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In this thought-provoking episode of “Busted Pencils,” hosts Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci dive into the complexities of artificial intelligence in education, guided by the insights of Tom Mullaney, an expert in special education and instructional design. The discussion traverses the terrain of AI’s influence on teaching practices, student engagement, and the very […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 11, 2024


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These Educators sure are Amplified! Join Dr. Tim, Dr. Johnny, Teacher Hallie, and Teacher Joanna as they hash out what some would call the same old same old, and what some would call the brand new sensation – prescriptive classroom materials being forced upon teachers that don’t always actually serve the purpose they were intended […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 10, 2024


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From Wisconsin to Colorado, Washington to Ohio, Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci tackle the complex landscape of education policy, focusing on the contentious debate surrounding charter school accountability in Colorado. The discussion is illuminated by the insights of guests Mike DeGuire and Jane Shirley, who shed light on the undercurrents of dark money […]

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Apr 9, 2024


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Tabitha Dell’Angelo, a vanguard in the realm of educational equity and democracy, shares her journey from observing school boards to becoming a transformative force within them. Amidst the backdrop of contemporary challenges in education, including the stark polarization at school board meetings, Dell’Angelo’s narrative is a beacon of hope and resilience. As the episode unfolds, […]

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Apr 8, 2024


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Question Everything, right? This is a can’t-miss episode between Dr. Tim, Dr. Johnny, and prolific Post Punk drummer and director of the post-punk museum in Chicago, Martin Atkins. Martin offers an in-depth look at both the Post Punk music industry and the museum’s work toward education through at times literal hands-on experiences. For more information […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 4, 2024


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After months of campaigns, pains, and drains, the Wisconsin April primaries are finally over. With them come the results of the various referendums including those pertaining to our public schools. Dr. Tim, Dr. Johnny, Teacher Hallie and Teacher Joanna are on the case, taking apart the results and discussing why: Why they happened, why we […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 3, 2024


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Julian Vasquez Heilig and Laura Dinehart join Dr. Tim to discuss how Western Michigan University is ‘Growing Their Own’ teachers, without test tubes or science from the future! No, their “Gro-ing” their teachers by offering an opportunity to learn, work, and get PAID all in one place. With over 300 students enrolled since July, the […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 2, 2024

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