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A Message to Democrats (and Republicans too) about Education Reform

Because I am California bound, I had to cancel an engagement to speak with the Sun City Democrats about education reform. To make up for it, I taped a message ...

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Video from my visit to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry

From MSNBC: Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, segregation remains in some public schools. ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Advancement Project’s Judith Browne Dianis, Julian Vasquez Helig from the ...

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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 tiredness with the traditional school versus charter school debate. I tweeted that I was “totally tired too” of people ...

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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

I was invited by Senator Royce West to give testimony on charter ...
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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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For Labor Day Weekend: Pie and/or Labor and/or #CharterPolitics

First, I love apple pie. I would be hard pressed to choose another pie that I like more than my grandma’s fresh baked apple pie. I mean, there are some contenders… there is also grandma’s sweet potato and pumpkin pie. It’s easy (and painful) to imagine the smells waffing from her Saginaw, Michigan oven. Then […]

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Back-to-School? Classrooms by Walmart?: Feel Guilty About Shopping at Walmart

Honestly, I felt guilty on the rare occasion that I shopped at Walmart. Yes I have shopped at Walmart. I didn’t want to, but sometimes at midnight I had no other choice when I needed emergency water for my Discus aquarium and spaghetti sauce. Walmart politics are of course objectionable to me, but they litter the […]

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Exclusive: Students Tear Gassed By Police While Protesting School “Choice”

Are you ready for more protests? If school “choice” supporters get their wish, it just might happen. Why? After 30 years of school “choice,” that is what is happening in Chile. Supporters of school “choice” want you to believe that school vouchers “work” and promote Civil Rights. I wrote in the post Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for […]

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The Gem on the Hill: How to Create a Community-Based In-District Charter

In the post Photo Essay: This Charter School is Lovely, I first introduced Travis Heights Charter School. This post examines Education Austin’s efforts to serve as a conduit for bringing teachers and parents together to create an in-district charter school. Travis Heights elementary is a community-based charter that is an alternative to the top-down approach (i.e. teacher quality, […]

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Just like the Crayons in our logo, NPE recently became more colorful

I am honored to serve on the Network for Public Education Board of Directors. The Network for Public Education is an advocacy group whose goal is to fight to protect, preserve and strengthen our public school system, an essential institution in a democratic society. Our mission is to protect, preserve, promote, and strengthen public schools […]

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Help!, Vote for Post: Who Should be Responded to First!?

It’s coming in from all directions this week. So I need your help to decide who should be responded to first on Cloaking Inequity. Here are the candidates: There is an attack today from RedefinED on vouchers insinuating that I am a union shill and lack peer-review in my work. The pro-choice and charter folks are trumpeting that KIPP […]

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Breaking News: @MichelleRhee (Johnson) Continues to Spread Fertilizer

The Huffington Posts reports that Michelle Rhee Prepares To Leave CEO Job At StudentsFirst, Group She Founded. Is there a more polarizing figure for critics or uniting for supporters of education “reformers”? In today’s Breaking News comic above, Michelle Rhee (Johnson) discusses her career change. For all of the Breaking News comings click here. For all of […]

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To ALEC in Texas: School Vouchers are Poppycock

ALEC is meeting in Texas right now with a “shameless” agenda to privatize public education. Who is ALEC? In December 2012 Cloaking Inequity first profiled the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a national organization “composed of legislators, businesses and foundations” with great influence and connections to extreme think tanks and supported by funding from corporations that are […]

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Don’t Trust Charters More than a Sweaty Used Car Salesman (A Citizen Research Template)

Recently I have noticed a new snare from corporate charter cheerleaders. The approach is for them to ask you to tell them which corporate charters school you love/like. This is a clever trap. My response is, “Why don’t you tell me the worst offenders on the issues of equity and access and tell me which […]

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Let’s Celebrate!!! Tuesday July 29 at Abel’s on the Lake in Austin

It’s official. I signed the paperwork yesterday here in Sacramento. See also A Move to SacTown in Song, This time it’s for REAL: A Playlist My resignation from UT-Austin will be effective on August 31, 2014. But there will be a party!!!!!!!!!! Happy Hour Send-Off!: Join us @abelsonthelake July 29 5:15 to celebrate @ProfessorJVH's move to @sacstate […]

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New Research: Vouchers Increase Segregation and Offer Benefits to the Few

We already know that vouchers increase segregation and offer benefits to the few. We don’t need to implement decades of vouchers to just turn back later. Findings from a newly released peer-reviewed study entitled Understanding How Universal Vouchers Have Impacted Urban School Districts’ Enrollment in Chile published in Education Policy Analysis Archives show that educational […]

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A Move to SacTown in Song, This time it’s for REAL: A Playlist

Well I’m going out west where I belong. I apologize for the thin posting on Cloaking Inequity the past two weeks. Summer is a busy time as I wrap up peer-reviewed articles, teach two methods classes for the new UT-Austin Superintendency cohort, personal and professional travel, conferences, etc. Avid readers of this blog may remember the […]

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Battle For Texas: #SaveBillPowers Has Strong Record on Race & Gender

Yesterday I blogged “July 4 Coup”: Governor Perry and Lackey Cigarroa Trying to Fire Powers. The debate is much larger than UT-Austin. Inside Higher Education quoted Hunter Rawlings III, president of the AAU. I thought the State of Texas had in the past two years reached the outer limit of political intrusion into academic institutions, but apparently […]

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“July 4 Coup”: Governor Perry and Lackey Cigarroa Trying to Fire Powers

Aggie Governor Rick Perry can’t resist trying to meddle in the academic affairs of UT-Austin. Will Republican and Democratic Longhorns stand up to him yet again? Governor Rick Perry and lackey UT-System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa asked for UT-Austin President Bill Powers resignation during the 4th of July holiday weekend. According to published reports, he said no. Under Bill Powers leadership, the […]

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Teaching as a Profession?: Heading for the Exits, Fellows, and North Carolina

Teacher attrition is an issue across the United States. Amongst traditionally trained teachers, about 50% leave after 5 years. The infamous Teach For America program has an attrition rate of about 80% after five years (this is why Teach For America wants to focus the public on a 50% in “education” field number). As seen […]

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Photo Essay: Chinese School is Lesson for US Policymakers

The Chinese are serious about vocational (aka career and technical education). The United States is not. Vocational education in the United States has a long history of being used as holding bin for African American students by purposefully providing inferior education relative to traditional academic and college preparatory education. Here is a quick background on […]

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Is Money spent on Public #Education Equitable?

A longstanding issue in school finance research and litigation concerns whether money spent on public education is equitable. Traditionally, researchers examined if money spent on public education was equitable across districts within the same state. Given that public education is partially funded by local property taxes, districts with higher property taxes generally spent more to […]

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Dear Cloaking Inequity Readers! Thank you!

Dear Cloaking Inequity Readers! Thank you! Thank you for supporting young scholars who will continue to fight for public education! Thanks to you and your gifts and donations of miles we will be able to produce research that: Helps US policymakers understand why vouchers were problematic after several decades of universal implementation. Will further the […]

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