Archive | January, 2013
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High-stakes Testing at Springfield Elementary

Is that the theme music from the horror film Halloween? Perfect!

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Horace Mann

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, — the balance-wheel of the social machinery… it gives each man the independence and the means by which he can resist the selfishness of other men. It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility […]

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Politicians v. Experts: The Latest on “Value-added” Modeling

I find it disconcerting that Cuomo (and the feds) are punishing the New York City Schools by withholding $400 million because they refuse to adopt “value-added” modeling that some consider as “frauds” and “junk science.” Growth models were also an issue in the recent Chicago teacher strike. Who should we listen to on value-added modeling? […]

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Elbert Hubbard

“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Elbert Hubbard

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Outsized Federal Spending on Education?

Q: What % of the federal budget is spent on education? A: 2%

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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pearson has a contract with the state of Texas for five years that is worth close to $500 million. That ought to bring gold-plated service and products to the children of Texas, right? Wrong. Pearson is advertising for test graders in Texas on craigslist! The graders need only…

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Blackademics: Julian Vasquez Heilig @ KLRU PBS Feb 13, 2013

Join KLRU for the live taping of Blackademics: Education, Performance and Youth Empowerment Date: Wednesday February 13, 2013 Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map) RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP now Join us for a live recording of nationally and internationally renowned black studies scholars as […]

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Sitting Bull

Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights….The warrior is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity. —Sitting Bull

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Obama facing school “turnaround” civil rights complaints

Justice: Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., was enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. I was asked to contribute to a Title VI complaint filed against Texas by […]

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Originally posted on Crazy Crawfish's Blog:
Recently we’ve seen a rash of publicity coming out of New Orleans and from Leslie Jacobs about the New Orleans turnaround miracle. According to her press releases and op-ed pieces in the Time Picayune and Baton Rouge Advocate, New Orleans leads the both the state and nation in…

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Cloaking Inequity on elite list

Teach 100 consistently ranks Cloaking Inequity as one of the Top 100 education blogs in the world. See today’s rank at the bottom of the page. Remember, CI is a one man show. Some websites (i.e. Inside Higher Ed) are on a different plane. :) For the full list go here. Teach100 ranks and scores hundreds of […]

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The High-Stakes Testing Playbook: False Bill of Goods?

In the summer of 2012, a Houston Chronicle editorial argued that the state was faced with “widespread panic” at the low levels of students passing the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), TEA and Pearson’s new testing regime. Don’t panic the scores will go up— and they will do so over the next […]

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Kress is Wrong on Tests: Our Accountability System Must Evolve

Sandy Kress wrote a Sept. 29 column for the Austin American-Statesman entitled “Kress: The Facts on School Accountability.” Sandy Kress is known as a key architect of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education reform passed in 2002 and is now a handsomely paid lobbyist for Pearson Education. Pearson is a testing company which gets […]

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Times are a-Changin': My Thoughts in Huff Post

Yesterday I made some “no holds barred” statements to the Huffington Post about school finance, politics, and race. First, the background. Brookings said minority children will be the majority in the entire United States by 2019. The growth in the Latina/o community fueled almost all of the population growth in the United States over the last ten […]

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The Teat: Be a little more honest KIPP Charter Schools

Today I will profile Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools on The Teat. The Teat is an ongoing series on Cloaking Inequity (the protuberance through which milk is drawn from an udder or breast) that seeks to trace financial support which various entities receive that are involved in current educational policy debates. The Teat Cow Haiku […]

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The Teat: ~Half Billion for Teach (Temp) For America

Today I will profile Teach (Temp) For America (TFA) on The Teat. See Cloaking Inequity’s full thread on TFA here. The Teat is a series on Cloaking Inequity (the protuberance through which milk is drawn from an udder or breast) that seeks to trace financial support which various entities receive that are involved in current […]

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The Teat: Sandy (Alexander) Kress

I am beginning a new series on Cloaking Inequity called The Teat (the protuberance through which milk is drawn from an udder or breast) to trace financial support which various entities receive that are involved in the current educational policy debates. First up: Sandy (Alexander) Kress Okay, first fun. My Bovine hero, from high atop the […]

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MIA: Haney, Federal Grad Data, and the NCES

The fact that Texas got caught with their pants down and has “enrontized” their federal graduation rates (see ACGR) should not be a surprise. Dr. Walt Haney, an emeritus Boston College Professor well-known for statistically debunking the Texas and Florida educational miracles, emailed me a response to yesterday’s analysis of the Texas graduation data. Here is what he said: Julian:   You have […]

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