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Fighting for Public Education with the Activist Hippies, the Original Hipsters

Austin is well-know for its hipsters that wander the streets during our SXSW music festival. But, did you know that “Hippies” were the original “Hipsters”? From Wikipedia: The hippie (or hippy) ...

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Just Tryin to Make My Momma Proud

From the Huffington Post: Expert Slams ‘Education On The Cheap’ For Latino Students VOXXI is dedicated to recognizing those working in the field of education for making a difference and ...

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Who’s Smarter Than Texans?: Math and Science Test Scores Compared to the World and Nation

Are U.S. students really as horrible in math and science as the media would have us to believe? How do “reform” oriented states like Texas, Florida and Louisiana stack up ...

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Teach For America: A Return to the Evidence (The Sequel)

The sequel to the 2010 Teach For America: A Review of the ...
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Texas Senate Ed Committee Invited Testimony on Charters

Today I was invited by Senator Royce West to give testimony on ...
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A New Way to Do Accountability: How to Banish NCLB’s Narrow Paradigm

How can we banish NCLB’s top-down and narrow paradigm? Here is how ...
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Texas Lies to Feds: Enrontize Federal Graduation Data

At the end of 2012, with much fanfare Texas trumpeted that its ...
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Decade of Education Outcome Data: Texas vs. California vs. New York vs. Nation

Today we are pleased to release the report Is Texas leading its ...
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Melissa Harris-Perry Show: Demanding accountability from charters

During the second segment of the Melissa Harris-Perry Show at MSNBC’s Education Nation 2012, we discussed access ...

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A New Plan: College for Free!? (Mark Cuban is Paying…)

College is expensive nowadays. There are various arguments out there why that is the case, as I previously discussed in the post Dear college student with exorbitant tuition bill: Blame your legislator. However, there is a new plan on the table by the Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and 2014 AERA Early Career Awardee (a […]

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NCAA Bans K12 Inc. Online Charters: No Rose Bowl, No Final Four

The NCAA has banned K12 Inc. In the future, athletes that are relying on K12 online coursework will no longer be eligible to play college sports. The NCAA will stop accepting coursework from these schools starting with the 2014–15 school year. Coursework completed from Spring 2013 through Spring 2014 will undergo additional evaluation on a case-by-case basis […]

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At Shanker: Are Americans (and Texans) as Stupid as the Media Tells Us We Are?

The media onslaught letting Americans know that they are dunces has gone on for decades. How stupid are we? You might be surprised that the news about our public education system in the United States is not actually as bad as you have been led to believe… Last week I travelled to Washington D.C. to participate […]

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A Refresher: What is Community-Based Accountability?

How can we banish No Child Left Behind’s top-down and narrow paradigm? Local control has been a bedrock principle of public schooling in America since its inception. NCLB sent us in the opposite direction of this traditional notion. A return to a traditional locally based educational policy can be again realized via a multiple measures approach […]

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D.C. are you listening?: A New Local, Community-Based Approach for Accountability

It turns out that a new local, community-based approach to accountability is happening… I first introduced the idea of Community-Based Accountability on October 12, 2012 in the post Accountability: Are you ready for a new idea? Here is some background from the post I am giddy!!: Community-Based Accountability I had writer’s block all summer. I owed Professor Rich Milner […]

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Surprise Email Today from My Pre-K Teacher

There was a big surprise in my email inbox today… I have discussed Pre-K previously on Cloaking Inequity. Pre-K, a Gold Standard: “You certainly don’t get what you don’t pay for” was one of my early post back in 2012. I gave kudos to the San Antonio community for voting to spend tens of millions of dollars […]

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What Ideology hath San Antonio Imported from Arizona Charter Chains?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Amanda Potterton of Arizona State University presented this paper at the recent annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Now that these charter chains are going national, it is a good time to review them. Potterton writes: Last November, I wrote a commentary published in Teachers College…

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I have a Man Crush on NEPC

I don’t know if you know this… but I have a shirtless man-crush on the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). I really do. It is embarrassing. Perhaps I mention their/our work in every single public talk that I do? I learned today about some great news that was announced at the 2014 American Educational Research Association […]

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Thoughts From a Former KIPP Teacher: Testing, Common Core, and Charters Are Myths

In the bid for a better education for all students in America, recent reform efforts have focused on increasing the expectations – standards and exams – for students.  What is not explicitly discussed are the negative ways that these standards and exams target students of low socio-economic status and minorities – we are enamored as […]

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Table for 3: The Story Behind Dinner with Linda Darling-Hammond and Diane Ravitch

This past Wednesday I hatched an idea. Why not invite Linda Darling-Hammond and Diane Ravitch to dinner, two of my mentors, and the most notable and influential voices in education? Let me first start with the academic part of today’s blog post. Reddick and Vasquez Heilig (2012) discussed mentoring in the peer-reviewed paper Constellations a Promising […]

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The Ongoing Debate on Public and Private School Effectiveness: Vouchers, Representative Samples, Fundamentalism and Wal-Mart

Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:
To no one’s surprise, the market-oriented EducationNext, “a journal of opinion and research,” does not like the findings outlined in the recent book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, which I wrote with Prof. Sarah Theule Lubienski. After all, the two large, nationally representative datasets…

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Julian Vasquez Heilig is leaving The University of Texas at Austin

I want to thank everyone at the University of Texas at Austin for a wonderful past 9 years. Unfortunately, I am moving on to a new opportunity. I want to share the following release from the Alpena Press: The University of Michigan Alpena has hired Julian Vasquez Heilig to be its new athletic director, according to President John […]

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Happy Birthday!: A Conversation About Education With César E. Chávez

Happy Birthday César Chávez! Often education “reformers” toss around civil rights as a justification for their “reforms.” See for example Reframing the Refrain: Choice as a Civil Rights Issue. If he were still alive today, how would César Chávez have weighed in on the school “reform” movement? I pose several questions about hot topics in education reform— then I […]

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Beware: A Hostile Takeover of ALL Dallas Public Schools is Underway

Home Rule is an emerging story currently flying under the radar in the national and statewide Texas media. Millionaires and billionaire(s) are quietly funding a “Home Rule” hostile takeover attempt of all public schools in Dallas, Texas. Yes, that’s right… ALL OF THEM. For those of you who are just now encountering Home Rule, the newest […]

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Colonizing the Black Natives: Reflections from a former NOLA Charter School Dean of Students

Are some charters’ practices new forms of colonial hegemony? When examining current discipline policies and aligned behavioral norms within charter school spaces, postcolonial theory is useful because of the striking similarities between problematic socialization practices and the educational regimes of the uncivilized masses in colonized nations. A number of postcolonial theorists focus on multiple ways that oppressors […]

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Startling Findings?: Black students “hardest hit” by Teacher Quality Inequities

This is why the Civil Rights data collection by DoEd is so important. EdWeek published a piece entitled Black Students Less Likely to Be Taught By Certified Teachers, Ed. Dept. Data Show. A few months ago Cloaking Inequity took up this issue in the post Whats Good for Goose, is Good for Gander: Feds propose changes to Civil […]

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Photo Essay: This Charter School is Lovely

A student recently asked me in class if there was a charter school I would recommend in Austin (besides the UT-Austin Elementary Charter School). This afternoon I visited one such school. There are some “reformers” in Austin that have criticized the Austin Independent School District for ending a partnership with the corporate charter chain IDEA. […]

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A Primer for Engaging Teach For America Supporters

Have you ever found yourself trapped in the insufferable position of having to tolerate a Teach For America true believer relentlessly bombarding you with justifications for Teach For America’s placement atop the corporate org chart of educational excellence? Teach For America is a $300 million “non-profit” organization that executes a highly sophisticated integrated marketing communications […]

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