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Senate Testimony: Does Pre-K have 1700% more impact than Charters?

I was invited by Senator Mark Leno to testify at the California Senate Education committee yesterday. I was quite surprised that the California Charter School Association (CCSA) bused in a hundred ...

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Do you have five minutes to understand whether @TeachForAmerica is effective?

Do you have five minutes to understand whether Teach For America (TFA) is effective? Mathematica does and they did in their latest study of TFA. More on this lead later ...

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Is @TeachForAmerica Cloaking Inequity?: Discussing the Headwind

After several decades, Teach For America, a program that sends inexperienced teachers (typically only 5 weeks of summer training) before they are shipped off to teach on a (primarily) temporary ...

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Michelle Rhee vs. Julian Vasquez Heilig on Twitter

A debate/conversation started Friday evening with my response to a @MichelleRhee tweet about her ...
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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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Invited Senate Testimony on Charters

I was invited by Senator Royce West to give testimony on charter ...
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A New Way to Do Accountability

How can we banish NCLB’s top-down and narrow paradigm? Here is how ...
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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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Act by Friday: Will your voice be heard on Leadership Policy?

Will the Council of Chief State School Officers ignore educational equity, inequality, race, class, gender, ability, language, special status, marginalization, and social justice? I recently received several letters from leaders in the field that are suggesting that this may be the case. The following letter came via email from Professor John Roberts at Penn State: Dear […]

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Who Does Gates Fund for “General Operating Support”?

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On its website, the Gates Foundation makes it clear that it often initiates contact with organizations to apply for specific grants and that it does not fund what it does not consider a Gates Foundation “priority.” The assertiveness of the Gates Foundation in funding its approved version of education reform takes on head-tilting meaning…

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Parent Trigger Testimony: A One-way Street to Private Control #SB14

Parent Trigger is a one-way street to non-democratic, private control of our public schools. During the last round of Parent Trigger law attempts, I wrote about it in the posts Parent trigger laws: Wolves in sheep’s clothing and astroturfing and The Teat: Where does parent trigger movement get their $? I flew to Texas Tuesday to testify at the Texas House of […]

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A Mystery: What do you think is happening in this classroom? #ISupportMarilyn

Visit Cloaking Inequity during the next few days to find out the story behind this video. Hints: 1) After hours 2) Social Studies classroom 3)  #ISupportMarilyn Special thanks to Defies Measurement director Shannon Puckett for the graphic effect to hide the identity of the person seen in the video. Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog […]

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.@TeachForAmerica Ground Offensive Stalling Spectacularly in California

If TFA was actually willing to reform their reform and agree to the Santa Ana principles — most of the criticism of TFA would melt away. If they won’t agree to the Santa Ana principles, we should press them on who truly is the priority?

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Does High-Stakes Testing & Accountability= Social Justice & Civil Rights?

Last week I had the opportunity to give the Social Justice Keynote for The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) at the University of San Diego for their Sixth Annual Research to Practice Academic Conclave on May 8, 2015. CALSA is: A community of diverse educational leaders skilled in addressing the needs of Latino/a students […]

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Making it Rain Tests: Are The New SmarterBalanced Exams Invalid? Inaccurate?

Steve Rasmussen recently published a report documenting serious user interface barriers and design flaws with the newest round of SmarterBalanced math assessments.  He writes, This spring, tests developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will be administered to well over 10 million students in 17 states to determine their proficiency on the Common Core State […]

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Action Alert: @TeachForAmerica wants to Blow into Santa Ana

Are the Santa Ana winds going to blow in Teach For America tomorrow? Teach For America wants to gust into Santa Ana at a SAUSD Board meeting on 5.12.15. They want to teach special education, one of our most vulnerable exceptional populations. I received this letter from a concerned teacher and special education parent from Santa […]

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Local Accountability: Community Input in Education Funding

Will a community-based approach to accountability and school funding work? This piece will contain a lot of acronyms and include some of my insights on the implementation of Local Accountability. I’m a classroom teacher in Sacramento City Unified School District, and large urban local in California (43,000 students, 38% are English Learners, and over 60% […]

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Happy Mothers Day!!: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

Happy Mothers’ Day Mom. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln

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Free Latina/o networking and knowledge event at the University of Maryland

Last call to attend this year’s Latino Legacy Weekend in DC during Memorial Day weekend! I attended the free networking and knowledge event when it was at Stanford, Northwestern and UT-Austin. I will attend again this year at the University of Maryland. For more info visit http://www.latinolegacyweekend.org/. You can register here Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or […]

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A Must See: @IamJohnOliver on @LastWeekTonight Exposes the Insanity of Standardized Tests

[Tests] are the fastest way to terrify any child with five letters outside of just whispering the word ‘clown.’ Also read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/videos/watch-john-oliver-explore-insanity-of-standardized-testing-20150504#ixzz3ZQsMbGol See also Who’s the William Wallace of testing: @JessedHagopian or Liz King? and “Opt out now”: The Seattle NAACP revives the legacy W.E.B Du Bois, demands an end to Common Core testing For all of Cloaking Inequity’s posts on […]

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Who’s the William Wallace of testing: @JessedHagopian or Liz King?

Yesterday, Liz King, a Teach For America alum and policy analyst for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, led 12 civil rights organizations into a national battle against student and parents. She loves testing. Liz King believes taking a test is a “civil right” you are required to have. In contrast, hundreds of thousands of […]

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“Opt out now”: The Seattle NAACP revives the legacy W.E.B Du Bois, demands an end to Common Core testing

Originally posted on I AM AN EDUCATOR:
“…the Opt Out movement is a vital component of the Black Lives Matter movement and other struggles for social justice in our region. Using standardized tests to label Black people and immigrants ‘lesser,’ while systematically under-funding their schools, has a long and ugly history in this country.” -Gerald…

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Will Market-Based Education Produce More or Less Student Uprising?

In the post, Exclusive: Students Tear Gassed By Police While Protesting School Inequality I asked Are you ready for more protests? School “reformers” have argued that the Baltimore uprising is a call for more market-based education. I argue the opposite is actually true. First, Baltimore. Then, Chile. I was involved in crafting the Network for Public Education’s response to the Baltimore Uprising. […]

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Parent: What I Saw, Learned and Enjoyed at #NPEChicago

Like most public school parents, I try to discern how to simultaneously support our schools and teachers while also figuring out ways to make sure that the educational experience our kids receive is constantly improving and moving in the right direction. That’s one reason I serve on the board of the Network for Public Education […]

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Justice in action: How we can address the school-to-prison pipeline

Why are we sending droves of young Black and Brown students into the school-to-prison pipeline via our harsh discipline policies when there are better alternatives? In this newly published chapter in the Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership, we examine a unique peer run youth court at an urban middle school to contextualize social justice in […]

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Will San Francisco Cancel TFA?: @TeachForAmerica Alum letter to Board details threats, depression, and debt

Teach For America is facing headwind. Several states have cut back funding and TFA has revealed that they are short of their lofty recruiting goals that were set when they received $50 million from Arne Duncan a few years ago. (See all of Cloaking Inequity’s posts on Teach For America here). Today I was contacted by two different […]

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