Archive | November, 2012

A Roundup: Lean Times, Kool-Aid, and Teach For America

I recently had a question emailed to me about TFA from a major network producer. I don’t want to give away her story angle, so I won’t share the email here. Anyways, she inspired this post. When I first moved to Texas in 1999, I was invited to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. As […]

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Lurking in the Bushes: Peeking at Florida Education Miracle

There is another education presidential candidate lurking in the Bushes with an education “miracle” being discussed extensively in the media and elsewhere. Critics have pointed out that the miracle in Florida is no more real than the education miracle in Texas that spawned No Child Left Behind a decade ago— another elegant illusion of numbers? Some […]

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The Current and Dire State of African American Males

Scholars have considered the status of the African American male in recent years, relating terms such as “crisis,” “disappearing,” and “vanishing” regarding his educational experience (Blake & Darling, 1994; Harper, 2006). Social commentators, such as Illinois Tea Party candidate Al Reynolds— who recently remarked that Black men are more interested in drugs than education (Kacich, […]

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Race and NCLB Waivers: Moving Around the Chairs?

In the recent vote for 2012 Educational Policy Turkey of the Year Award, the Florida SBOE race-based test score goals came in a close second to TFA for the prize. In fact, two of my Linkedin connections made the following comments in response the posting:  I vote for ALL ESEA waivers that systematize the achievement gap in many, […]

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Teach For America: 2012 Educational Policy Turkey of the Year

Gobble. Gobble. With 31% of the vote, you the readers of Cloaking Inequity have voted Teach For America 2012 Educational Policy Turkey of the Year. Congratulations and condolences to them! For the full thread of posts about TFA, go here. Happy Turkey Day! p.s. My Detroit Lions were robbed by the NFL today on national […]

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1st Annual Educational Policy Turkey of the Year Award

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 create a more inclusive and better quality education system— unbeknownst to them— instead these policies magnify and hide inequality by utilizing an elegant, yet false, bureaucracy of […]

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Forward: Appoint Linda Darling-Hammond

In a recent Salon article, Dr. Bill Ayers was asked what he would recommend for Obama’s second term, here is what he said: Fire Arne Duncan and appoint Linda Darling-Hammond as Secretary of Education. This would signal a significant break with the most destructive aspects of the failed “school reform” agenda this administration has promoted: turning public […]

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Pre-K, a Gold Standard: “You certainly don’t get what you don’t pay for”

I have had several emails from the readers of Cloaking Inequity asking about the Pre-K SA initiative recently passed in San Antonio. The official website states: Pre-K 4 SA is an investment in the children — and the future — of San Antonio. Children who attend high quality Pre-K programs do better in school from […]

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Conclusion: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. VI

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Voucher supporters in the United States and elsewhere claim (including Sen. Dan Patrick) that vouchers will improve the educational opportunities of disadvantaged students (Sugarman, 1999), and contribute to the social integration of middle- and upper-class students. Voucher supporters argue that, since school choice is already available to upper-class […]

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Church and State: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. V

Written in collaboration with the students in my UT-Austin course School Law and Policy 11/7/2012 Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they create challenges to the separation between church and state? Questions of the separation of church and state often swirl around conversations about school vouchers. What does the […]

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Supporting Public Schools: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. IV

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they buttress or deconstruct the public school system? In the universal implementation of vouchers Chile, evidence shows that the competition for student enrollment throughout the country has been dominated by private-voucher schools at the expense of […]

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Student Achievement: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. III

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they improve achievement? In the largest implementation of vouchers in the world, contrasting results appear to have been found on the impact of the Chilean voucher system on student achievement among public and private schools. According […]

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Impact on Access and Segregation: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. II

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding questions for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they intensify segregation? Do they create more access to high-quality education? If so, for whom? According to various researchers, the introduction of universal vouchers in Chile has exacerbated segregation between schools and between types of schools […]

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Introduction: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. I

The rumors are that Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to declare vouchers “emergency legislation.” Dan Patrick, recently appointed head of the Texas Senate Education Committee, is also pushing for “choice.” The Houston Chronicle stated: Patrick is a strong supporter of school vouchers, which would allow tax money to flow to private and religious schools. The […]

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Charter Schools: Dr. Soto, I am disappointed

In a recent San Antonio Express New article outgoing Texas SBOE member Michael Soto stated : There’s pretty solid support for efforts to raise the bar academically on the board and throughout the state because these charter applications significantly raise the academic bar. Dr. Soto, I am disappointed. In response, Diane Ravitch stated on her blog […]

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From Rome with Love: International Perspectives and Experiences with Accountability

The Improving Education through Accountability and Evaluation: Lessons from Around the World conference that I attended in Rome in early October 2012 released their papers and presentations about accountability experiences and perspectives from around the world. The conference was sponsored by the Istituto Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Educativo di Istruzione e Formazione (INVALSI); the University […]

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