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Let’s Meet up in Boston @CamForum to Discuss The Health of Democracy and Privatizing Education

From Cambridge Forum: “The Massachusetts School Law of 1642 laid out the rationale for public education: “Forasmuch as the good education of children is of singular behoof and benefit to ...

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My Inspiration and Anger: One day Gary disappeared

Gary reminded me me allot of myself. He was a 4th grader with big brown curls and caramel colored skin. In class, he was a very energetic, precocious and intelligent. ...

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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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Charters (Buicks) are Good Because They are Charters (Cars): DUH!

Does this sentence make sense? Just because I call it an car (charter school), it has high reliability and quality in build. Are all cars (charter schools) awesome because I call them automobiles (charters)!? Or is a car (charter schools) awesome because it hangs out with other cars in the same sentences (charter schools)? I am paying […]

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Sisters to Greeks in Open Letter: @TeachForAmerica is a Trojan Horse @SLG1990 #LGLOresistTFA

The American Prospect recommends that there are a few historical analogies that you definitely want to avoid. I wholeheartedly agree. They include:  I am like Jesus. The people I disagree with are like Nazis. The people I disagree with are like slave owners or segregationists. I or people Iike me are as oppressed as slaves […]

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The Test: Bad News (civil rights facade) and Good News (local accountability)

So do you want the good news or the bad news first? It’s a question my parents often asked me a child growing up. Which do you want to hear first? I’ll start with the bad news. High states testing has been around for a long time (See the post After Thousand of Years, #China Changing […]

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From Teacher-of-the-Year: An Open Letter to Governor Walker

Originally posted on The Marquette Educator:
Dear Governor Walker: I was both surprised and bewildered last week when I saw a news clip of you stumping in Iowa about Megan Sampson, whom you called “The [2010] Outstanding Teacher of the Year in my State.” This was baffling to me since in 2010, I was named Wisconsin…

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Finding the Keys to School Funding in your Pocket

Have you ever lost your keys? I did recently. I searched everywhere. I looked in the cushions of the sofa (always the most likely spot). I looked in yesterdays jeans (second most likely spot). I thought perhaps they might even be in my dirty laundry— so shirts— and other things— began flying through the air […]

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Podcast Series: Conversation with Loyola Students about Education Reform

Last week I joined students from Dr. Aurora Chang’s education reform class at Loyola University to discuss hot issues in the national conversation about education policy. We started with a few questions submitted by her doctoral students. Here is what we addressed: 1.When addressing inequity with policy makers, are there different strategies whether they are neoliberal or conservative? […]

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Louisiana’s Class of 2014 ACT Scores Are In This Post

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Today I made a new friend. This new friend works in admissions at one of Louisiana’s institutes of higher education. My new friend informed me that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is not the only entity to which ACT sends score reports. It turns out that ACT sells the same…

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World Premier of Short Film: @TeachforAmerica – Passion vs. Preparedness

Today Cloaking Inequity is hosting the world premier of a new short film about Teach For America entitled Teach for America – Passion vs. Preparedness. This film was made by Texas filmmaker Julia Duke. She presents a balanced perspective with two critiques and two supporters. The film begins with a critique of Teach For America. It then integrates […]

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EdMonth Storified: This Is What Happens When You Debate @TeachForAmerica

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. Jesse Jackson Back in the Fall of 2014 Hannah Nguyen approach me about joining a USC Ed Month panel for a debate about Teach For America. (What is Teach For America? See all posts on the organization here.) USC EdMonth is a “month-long program devoted […]

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“We only have books about African Americans in February”: Be an eloquent radical

Yesterday (MLK day 2015) I was on the hunt for children’s book about Martin Luther King. First I went to Target, mostly socially progressive, looking for reading materials. The person in the media section told me “We only have books about African Americans in February.” So I thought I would save myself some time and […]

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Who’s Afraid of Music?: Arizona Racial Politics Gets Insane (Again!) via @IAmKRSOne @RATM

As his parting shot in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Mexican American Studies (MAS) controversy, departing State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal found the district out of compliance with A.R.S. § 15-112 (formerly HB 2281). What did he find so objectionable about music? Before exploring, some background is necessary. Arizona’s A.R.S. § 15-112 allowed […]

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Students MUST be heard!!: Policymakers and educators should listen

I spent an evening a few weeks ago with Californians for Justice (CFJ) at a fundraising dinner for the organization. (shout out to Dr. Roxana Marachi for inviting me!) Who are they? Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and […]

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Happy New Year!: 2014 Education Reform in Review (your champagne break)

Wow. 2014 is already gone. Allot happened in education policy in 2014… Are the corporate reformers finally in retreat? There is some optimism out there that the public is finally seeing through their “civil rights” rhetoric and understanding that their true focus is control, profit, and privatization. With your input and support, Cloaking Inequity, our […]

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It’s That Time: 2015 New Year’s Resolutions for Education

I was asked by NPR to send along my predictions for education in 2015. They asked: We are asking a wide variety of education experts  about predictions for 2015. I was wondering if you had 1 or 2 predictions for next year, or outcomes or situations to watch around the country based on your research. […]

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#NativeAmerican Ways of Educating

The United States consists of lands that have been considered home to American Indians for thousands of years. Given this continuous relationship to the land there are orientations within American Indian culture that not only honor nature but that promote a relationship of engagement and harmony with the earth that calls upon one’s observational and […]

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Responding to Teachers’ Questions: A Social Media Recipe for Educators?

Is there a recipe for social media? What are the secrets? Should I blog? I was recently asked to respond to a series of questions submitted by a group of teachers. I recorded my responses to them on YouTube. See the questions and responses below. How (and why) did you develop an interest in social media? […]

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Charters and $$$$: Has anyone seen anything like this?

Has anyone seen anything like this? Charter requiring parents to pay $$$$ in lieu of required volunteer hours. In the words of Jerry McGuire: Show me the money! Apparently the California Charter School Association hasn’t heard of such a thing happening in practice or charter school policy, even though Public Advocates delivered the evidence to […]

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Winner, Winner Turkey Dinner: Secretary @ArneDuncan Wins Award!

Congratulations and condolences to Arne Duncan for winning the 2014 Educational Policy Turkey of the Year Award! Will he come by to accept the award? :) The blog Cloaking Inequity seeks to illuminate popular and dominant ideologies that purport to foment equality and close the achievement gap. Often well-intentioned citizens support educational policy that claim to […]

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