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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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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 to them and answered their questions. I pasted the YouTube response below. Here are the questions: We read, in the Austin Statesman, that one of the […]

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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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After Thousand of Years, #China Changing Mind on #Testing ? #edreform

I leave for China tomorrow. I will be accompanying the Teachers of the Year from several states as an NEA Foundation Global Fellow. We will visit schools in the Middle Kingdom over the next eight days. This will be my third trip to China. My first trip was a six month stay in 1996. I […]

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