As your editor recovers from a long weekend of yard work -- and prepares for Dropout Nation's upcoming Virtual Panel on Parent Power (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1882888717516630528) -- listen to this Best of the Dropout Nation (http://dropoutnation.net/category/best-of-dropout-nation/) Podcast from last October on what reformers must do amid the Obama Administration (http://dropoutnation.net/2011/09/23/arnes-and-obamas-waiver-plan-not-worth-paper/)'s evisceration of the No Child Left Behind Act (http://dropoutnation.net/2012/07/19/more-bad-out-of-the-obama-duncan-no-child-waiver-gambit/) and its powerful accountability provisions. The scale-back of federal education policy offers opportunities for reformers to use grassroots activism and political savvy — especially learning from the Freedom Rides (http://dropoutnation.net/2011/10/06/time-for-freedom-riders-for-school-reform/) and 20th-century political mastermind Wayne Wheeler (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Wayne-B-Wheeler-The-Man-Who-Turned-Off-the-Taps.html?c=y&story=fullstory) – in sustaining a decade of gains in overhauling American public education.
You can listen (http://rishawnbiddle.org/RRB/media/MusicBox/) to the Podcast at RiShawn Biddle’s radio page or download (http://rishawnbiddle.org/RRB/media/MusicBox/music/dpn_podcast_beyondnochildleftbehind_10232011.mp3) directly to your iPod, Zune, MP3 player, smartphone, Nook Color or Kindle Fire. Also, subscribe (http://dropoutnation.net/feed/podcast/) to the podcast series. It is also available on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=348527760), Blubrry (http://www.blubrry.com/dropoutnation/), Zune Marketplace, (http://social.zune.net/podcast/Dropout-Nation/6900e8e7-4e46-45be-a456-570be181ffcf) Stitcher (http://stitcher.com/s?AAAAATP_r) (for those of us using our Androids and iPhones), and PodBean (http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail?pid=75459). Also download to your phone with BlackBerry podcast software, Google Reader, BeyondPod, DoggCatcher and other mobile software. A new Dropout Nation Podcast (http://dropoutnation.net/category/dropout-nation-podcast/) comes out later this week.