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Is the Impact of Charters Schools on Achievement a Big Lie?

I have been called a charter school “lover” and a charter school “hater” in the same week. Are both true? Neither? I think we as a society must be pragmatic on charters. I recently had a conversation with my grandmother, who was a lifelong educator at a middle school in Saginaw, Michigan. She explained to […]

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“I felt Strange and Guilty”: Annie Tan @TeachForAmerica alum speaks

Teach For America recently announced that they were sending more teachers of color than ever before to teach for short term stints in America’s schools. They expect to be lauded for this. What is Teach For America? Read here. Have you ever experienced a situation where you were knowingly or unknowingly unprepared? How did it […]

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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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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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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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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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Panning A Charter Takeover of ALL Public Schools

The attempted charter takeover of the nation’s 14th-largest district is underway. Wealthy backers of the hostile takeover attempt have gathered enough signatures to force the anti-democratic maneuver onto the November ballot. I first discussed the attempted takeover of Dallas in the post Beware: A Hostile Takeover of ALL Dallas Public Schools is Underway. I also visited Dallas on the invitation of […]

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Parent Horror Stories from BASIS: Corporate Charter Hurting Children?

Today I am blogging about two parent horror stories from BASIS. Let me just warn you, after hearing parents talk about what allegedly happened to their children at BASIS, you will likely be in a surly mood learning about this corporate (quasi-for profit) charter chain. The BASIS corporate charter chain is now a very unfavorite of mine. […]

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Keep Calm and #Drink #Charter #Kool-Aid

Are charters headed for the same long-term, low-result arc that has plagued No Child Left Behind? I remember about fifteen years ago when Bush and Paige went to Washington that almost everyone was drinking the Kool-Aid on the Texas-style accountability and high-stakes testing bandwagon. There were some that weren’t. Early on Linda McNeil, Angela Valenzuela, Walt Haney, Linda […]

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Is Teachers’ Union Right on H.R. 10 Charter Bill? #edreform

The U.S. House is currently debating H.R.10,  a potentially important Charter school bill. Previously I wrote: I am not of the ilk that charters are all bad news (See all of Cloaking Inequity’s post on charter schools here). As I have mentioned previously, I am a charter school parent, currently serve on a charter school board, and was an […]

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Michelle Rhee vs. Julian Vasquez Heilig on Twitter

A debate/conversation started Friday evening with my response to a @MichelleRhee tweet about her tiredness with the traditional school versus charter school debate. I tweeted that I was “totally tired too” of people “ignoring data” that traditional schools outperform charters. Debates on Twitter usually get lost in the annals of twitter history— so I turned to Storify to log […]

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NCAA Bans K12 Inc. Online Charters: No Rose Bowl, No Final Four

The NCAA has banned K12 Inc. In the future, athletes that are relying on K12 online coursework will no longer be eligible to play college sports. The NCAA will stop accepting coursework from these schools starting with the 2014–15 school year. Coursework completed from Spring 2013 through Spring 2014 will undergo additional evaluation on a case-by-case basis […]

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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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Beware: A Hostile Takeover of ALL Dallas Public Schools is Underway

Home Rule is an emerging story currently flying under the radar in the national and statewide Texas media. Millionaires and billionaire(s) are quietly funding a “Home Rule” hostile takeover attempt of all public schools in Dallas, Texas. Yes, that’s right… ALL OF THEM. For those of you who are just now encountering Home Rule, the newest […]

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Colonizing the Black Natives: Reflections from a former NOLA Charter School Dean of Students

Are some charters’ practices new forms of colonial hegemony? When examining current discipline policies and aligned behavioral norms within charter school spaces, postcolonial theory is useful because of the striking similarities between problematic socialization practices and the educational regimes of the uncivilized masses in colonized nations. A number of postcolonial theorists focus on multiple ways that oppressors […]

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Photo Essay: This Charter School is Lovely

A student recently asked me in class if there was a charter school I would recommend in Austin (besides the UT-Austin Elementary Charter School). This afternoon I visited one such school. There are some “reformers” in Austin that have criticized the Austin Independent School District for ending a partnership with the corporate charter chain IDEA. […]

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A Primer for Engaging Teach For America Supporters

Have you ever found yourself trapped in the insufferable position of having to tolerate a Teach For America true believer relentlessly bombarding you with justifications for Teach For America’s placement atop the corporate org chart of educational excellence? Teach For America is a $300 million “non-profit” organization that executes a highly sophisticated integrated marketing communications […]

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Charter Op-Ed Misrepresents (Big Tree): My Response That They Won’t Print (Small Axe)

If you are the big tree, we are the small axe, ready to cut you down, to cut you down! Bob Marley I submitted an Op-Ed two weeks ago to the San Antonio Express News (SAEN) and they have refused to print it. The SAEN has not given the cold shoulder to corporate charter proponents. They printed […]

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