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I have a Man Crush on NEPC

I don’t know if you know this… but I have a shirtless man-crush on the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). I really do. It is embarrassing. Perhaps I mention their/our work in every single public talk that I do? I learned today about some great news that was announced at the 2014 American Educational Research Association […]

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Julian Vasquez Heilig is leaving The University of Texas at Austin

I want to thank everyone at the University of Texas at Austin for a wonderful past 9 years. Unfortunately, I am moving on to a new opportunity. I want to share the following release from the Alpena Press: The University of Michigan Alpena has hired Julian Vasquez Heilig to be its new athletic director, according to President John […]

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Just Tryin to Make My Momma Proud

From the Huffington Post: Expert Slams ‘Education On The Cheap’ For Latino Students VOXXI is dedicated to recognizing those working in the field of education for making a difference and setting the example for our future generation. Inequality continues to be the plight facing Latino and minority students in America. However, from coast to coast […]

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Watch the Network for Public Education Conference Livestreamed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Network for Public Education national conference will meet in Austin, Texas, on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2. You can join us by livestream. The direct link to the site hosting the livestream is here: The conference hashtag is #npeconference. Nearly 400 activist parents, educators,…

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Registration and Info Now Available! Network for Public Education Conference in Austin, TX March 1 and 2

The Network for Public Education (NPE) 2014 National Conference will bring together some of the most important figures in the education reform debate. Diane Ravitch, Karen Lewis, and John Kuhn will present conference addresses. Learn more about the keynote speakers here. Stay tuned, over the next few days we may release a few more blockbuster names. […]

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#140: A Dwarf Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Wikipedia argues that academics are often charged with over-complicating problems and expressing them in obscure language. So which academics have come down from the proverbial “ivory tower” and taken on involvement in the public space in a relevant and meaningful way? The 2014 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence ranking system released by Edweek today seeks to understand […]

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Dear Citizens of Greenland: Check out Cloaking Inequity

Cloaking Inequity’s readership by country for December 2013. Thank you citizens of the world for reading! 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 educational policy? Click the “Follow blog by email” button in the upper left hand corner […]

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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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Vote for 2013 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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Network For Public Education

Join the grassroots advocacy efforts of @NetworkPublicEd for ed reform in your community text 4NPE to 888777 Want to know about Cloaking Inequity’s freshly pressed conversations about educational policy? Click the “Follow blog by email” button in the upper left hand corner of this page. Twitter: @ProfessorJVH Click here for Vitae. Please blame Siri for any typos.

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Weekend Fun: Happy Birthday Diane Ravitch!

I spent the last few days at an advisory board meeting for the Network for Public Education in New York City. If you haven’t already, join the movement. Look for an invite to an NPE conference in Austin Texas in 2014. Also, Happy Birthday to @DianeRavitch!! I also want to thank Diane for her encouragement […]

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Education Spring 25,000 strong and counting

Sign The Education Declaration to Rebuild America For too long, our policymakers have engaged the nation’s schoolchildren in a grand experiment, with frequent testing, incentive programs and top-down mandates that promised much but delivered little. Today, after an education spring of protest and dissent, leading advocates, academics, and educators have come together to demand An […]

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“Where there is smoke, there is fire.”: LA DOE Held Accountable

Originally posted on Louisiana Voice:
We tried repeatedly to warn the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE) and Education Superintendent John White: • Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:55 PM To:; Subject: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST I should not have to remind you that you are answerable to the people of this state whether or…

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Announcement: Peer-reviewed Urban Education special issue on community-based reforms

Dr. Sonya Horsford, faculty at University of Nevada Las Vegas, and I will lead a peer-reviewed special issue to be published by Urban Education to examine community-based reforms and their implications for educational policy and accountability. Over the past several decades, there have been many, many community-based approaches in education that have shown promise. Recently, […]

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JVH @ Chicago Education Summit 4/15/13

Reframing Reform: Achieving Equity and Excellence in Public Education Register Now! WHEN April 15, 2013 8:00 – 5:00 Add to Calendar WHERE Hilton Chicago 720 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago IL 60605 (312) 922- 4400 Attendees must make own hotel reservations. The Finland Phenomenon Great to Excellent: Launching the Next Stage in Ontario’s Education System A […]

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Sí, Se Puede: JVH joins Ravitch’s New Network for Public Education

I have had the privilege to interact with Diane Ravitch quite regularly over the past year or so. Thus I was honored when she and Anthony Cody approached me about joining the new Network for Public Education. The mission of the organization: The Network for Public Education is an advocacy group whose goal is to fight […]

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Say Hello!: AERA San Francisco April 2013

If you are interested in education, attending the AERA conference each year is a must. The conference begins April 29. It is like being a kid in a candy store. What is AERA? From the website: The American Educational Research Association (AERA), founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related […]

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“Tiger Blood, Man”: A. Ross Thomas Highly Commended Paper

How can you make a post about an academic paper winning an award interesting? Start with Charlie Sheen quotes of course! I’m different. I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man. I’m not bi-polar, I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there. […]

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