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D.C. are you listening?: A New Local, Community-Based Approach for Accountability

It turns out that a new local, community-based approach to accountability is happening… I first introduced the idea of Community-Based Accountability on October 12, 2012 in the post Accountability: Are you ready for a new idea? Here is some background from the post I am giddy!!: Community-Based Accountability I had writer’s block all summer. I owed Professor Rich Milner […]

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Thoughts From a Former KIPP Teacher: Testing, Common Core, and Charters Are Myths

In the bid for a better education for all students in America, recent reform efforts have focused on increasing the expectations – standards and exams – for students.  What is not explicitly discussed are the negative ways that these standards and exams target students of low socio-economic status and minorities – we are enamored as […]

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Happy Birthday!: A Conversation About Education With César E. Chávez

Happy Birthday César Chávez! Often education “reformers” toss around civil rights as a justification for their “reforms.” See for example Reframing the Refrain: Choice as a Civil Rights Issue. If he were still alive today, how would César Chávez have weighed in on the school “reform” movement? I pose several questions about hot topics in education reform— then I […]

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Have you heard?: Jeff Santos & Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig on Revolution Radio Network

Take a listen to our live radio conversation from Tuesday 2/11/14 about vouchers, charters, testing and accountability. For part 1 of the conversation click here and for part 2 click here. The conversation goes for about 15 minutes. Thanks to the NEA for tweeting about the conversation. A few tweets: .@ProfessorJVH "In Chile, guess who losers […]

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Champagne! Celebration!: Thank You Education Policy Analysis Archives Readers

I just received an email from the online peer-reviewed journal Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA). The readers, peer-reviewers, and authors voted Cloaking Inequity one of their seven favorite blogs. :) EPAA conducted recently conducted survey of their readership. They stated: Between September 3, 2013 and September 18, 2013 EPAA received 461 responses to its annual subscriber […]

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New Community-Based Approach to Accountability Featured on PBS-TV EdTalk

How can we banish No Child Left Behind’s top-down and narrow paradigm? Local control has been a bedrock principle of public schooling in America since its inception. NCLB sent us in the opposite direction of this traditional notion. A return to a traditional locally-based educational policy can be again realized via a multiple measures approach to […]

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Breaking News: School Segregation Study Strikes A Nerve

Today’s Breaking News comic represents the non-difference between De facto and De jure segregation of schools. It is rare that an education study strikes a nerve in the media. However, our study Expansive School Segregation in Texas: Predicts Accountability Rating has caused a stir. (Click here for study) The Spanish media was first on the story when Univision produced Study […]

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Study Shows Triple Segregation Persists in Texas Schools

Last month I first shared Expansive School Segregation in Texas: Predicts Accountability Rating with Cloaking Inequity readers. Yesterday UT-Austin communications drafted a press release for the study (see below) so there was a flurry of media activity. Univision also profiled the study on their 5 p.m. news program. Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig       Dr. Jennifer Jellison Holme A first-of-its-kind […]

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Breaking News: Leno on Latest TX Education Miracle

Texas was the birthplace of No Child Left Behind— we have been at this (high-stakes testing and accountability) for nearly 20 years. President Bush and DOEd Secretary Paige lassoed NCLB directly from Texas. Thus, the shenanigans associated with the high-stakes system are perfected in the Lonestar State (Indiana, you’ve got nothing on us). Thus, you won’t believe the […]

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Breaking News: Revision of NCLB— Problem Solved

Welcome to the first installment of Cloaking Inequity’s new comic series Breaking News. Today the comic represents Julian Vasquez Heilig’s new school accountability formula. For all of CI’s post on accountability click here. Also check out Community-Based Accountability a new idea for the revision of NCLB that focuses community empowerment and local control. Please Facebook Like, Tweet, […]

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“Oh, crap”: Accountability is Arbitrary and Political

In the 1990s, I worked for the Houston Independent School District and we had our own accountability system that ran parallel to the Texas accountability system. One year I was responsible for setting the formulas for our rating system (Exemplary, Acceptable etc) I remember one day sending my calculations for the accountability system to Coach […]

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The First Review of “Reign of Error”!

Diane Ravitch’s long awaited book is on its way. The First Review of “Reign of Error”!. Neoliberals, DFER, Walton, Gates, Parent Triggerers, etc… get ready… she is coming for you. :) Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others. Want to know about Cloaking Inequity’s freshly pressed conversations about […]

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More NCLB!?: Call Your Representative Today! And Tomorrow Too!

Are you happy with the current regime of educational policy led by Sec. Arne Duncan and Barack Obama? Flying under the radar in DC is essentially the new No Child Left Behind Act— more of the same. Rumor is that the House will take up the legislation soon. Now is the public’s opportunity to change […]

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ELs: Transformational power of policy, access, and equality

The New York Times wrote yesterday in Beyond Black and White, New Force Reshapes South The states with the highest growth in the Latino population over the last decade are in the South, which is also absorbing an influx of people of all races moving in from other parts of the country. This figure from the […]

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Academia Esoteric and Inaccessible?: Not this month

Oft heard critiques of academia is that our work is esoteric and/or inaccessible. Over the past few days I have released two new peer-reviewed studies here at Cloaking Inequity that have implications for school reform: School Turnaround: Calling the Bluff of Accountability? and Expansive School Segregation in Texas: Predicts Accountability Rating. The journal at the top of the […]

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Sec. Paige vs. Sen. Wellstone: Testing, Accountability, and Prophetic Pronouncements

Happy Fathers Day!! Now that the discussion of whether NCLB would actually close “achievement gaps” by 2014 is nearly in our rear view mirror (it is not going to happen, not even close— it is going to take 80 more years based on recent NAEP research, NCLB actually slowed our progress) let’s take a look […]

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Pawns of Industrialists and Financiers: Anti-Democracy Movement Gripping Education?

Cloaking Inequity is back! I am now stateside from a hiatus to attend meetings at the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia. I am addicted to pão de queijo. A few photos from the signing of a new collaborative agreement Brazil and the University of Texas at Austin. Speaking of the Senate… As young children, Americans are inculcated with […]

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Harkin proposal for revision of NCLB has arrived

Harkin has released his Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013. A re-authorization of ESEA and revision to NCLB. I will try to produce Cloaking Inequity’s analysis in the next few days. Press release: http://lnkd.in/nZJjKT Bill: http://lnkd.in/mrG3Ns Bill summary: http://lnkd.in/DvA3pY See Cloaking Inequity’s posts on high-stakes testing and accountability. I am in Brazil for meetings at the Senate in […]

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