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To Whom does Teach For America Give Power and Influence?

A new peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Education Policy reveals the relationships between Teach For America (TFA) and federal charter school “reform” to interrogate how policy decisions are shaped by networks of elite individuals, organizations, and private corporations. Mapping the Terrain: Teach For America, Charter School Reform, and Corporate Sponsorship provides evidence that TFA […]

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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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I’m Pro-Choice: Families Should Choose (not Schools, Districts, or the State)

Choice is a popular buzz word these days in educational policy. It seems more and more that the word is used when choices in education are actually being reduced— when in fact someone else is actually doing the choosing besides families. In the case of school choice, it is exactly that, schools choose. How so […]

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NV, TX, OH, UT, NM, AZ, PA, OR, FL, and AR should be Ashamed of Charter School Achievement!

The Texas Insider recently reported the following about the Stanford CREDO charter school study: The results reveal that the charter school sector is getting better on average, and that charter schools are benefiting low-income, disadvantaged & special-education students,’’ said Director Margaret Raymond of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) language learners more than their peers in […]

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It’s Sommer Time: TFA alum Critiques Co-CEO’s “Slick Willie” Interview

I recently caught a rebroadcast of PBS’ American Experience: Clinton, and was reminded that today’s future “first man” was once dubbed “Slick Willie” by the press due to his mastery of duplicitousness in dancing around controversies. However, with Bill Clinton’s approval rating now upwards of 69 percent, he may have finally shaken off that unpleasant moniker. But with […]

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Bad Charters, Bad Charters, “Whatcha gonna do when they come for you”

Texas Senator Dan Patrick has said he will hold a fact finding hearing about the connections between Harmony Public Schools, The Pelican Educational Foundation and Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Bravo to Senator Patrick for holding Harmony Public Schools accountable and seeking to understand whether they are entangled with organizations that […]

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Reframing the Refrain: Choice as a Civil Rights Issue

Student achievement data in the U.S. show long-standing and persistent gaps in minority versus majority performance (Vasquez Heilig & Darling-Hammond, 2008). Public concern about pervasive inequalities in traditional public schools, combined with growing political, parental, and corporate support, has created the expectation that school choice is the solution for poor and minority youth (Vasquez Heilig, […]

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“Diversity is Hard”: Will Charter Schools In Your Locale Choose Equity?

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 instructor at an Aspire charter school. I realize that I have prominent friends and […]

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Q: Do Charters Spend More on Administration? A: Yes

I received a question over email querying if charters spend more on administration aka school leadership. I used t-tests to compare school leadership per pupil spending means from the 2010-2011 school finance data (the most recent cleaned dataset on my laptop) for all schools in Texas. Here is what I found: In elementary, charters spend […]

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Who Dat Say?: New Orleans Ed Reform Unmasked

Who is really behind NOLA education reform? Let’s unmask them. Last year, the charter school incubator New Schools for New Orleans published a Guide for Cities that touted New Orleans school reform as a national model. In fact, a barrage of reports has been issued since 2005 that make the same claim. The Guide for Cities […]

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Mercy! A Skunk!?: Traditional Schools versus Charter School Achievement

Mercy! Mercy! From Wikipedia: A mercy rule, also well known by the slightly less polite term slaughter rule (or, less commonly, knockout rule and skunk rule), brings a sports event to an early end when one team has a very large and presumably insurmountable lead over the other team. It is called the mercy rule […]

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Louisiana Data=Berlin wall— What do they have to hide?

CREDO has produced new research on charters in Louisiana. Looks like they want to disavow themselves of their prior claims about the poor performance charters relative to neighborhood schools— only 15% of charters in 16 states performed better than the neighborhood public schools. This time they have published a study on Louisiana charters. CREDO just […]

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Bloomberg and Rahmbo: Sleight of Hand Artists

During the 2011 Chicago mayoral campaign, one candidate received the one largest single donation during the race.  That candidate was Rahm Emanuel, and the $6 million dollar donation was given by Michael Bloomberg. This was also the largest amount that Bloomberg donated in 2011 towards a mayoral race. Emanuel went on to win the election, […]

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Breaking News: Sec. Duncan and Sec. Bennett are Kissing Cousins

In today’s Breaking News comic Sec. Duncan and Sec. Bennett discuss their relations. For the Millennials reading this blog I will start with who Sec. Bennett is/was. Wikipedia: William John “Bill” Bennett (born July 31, 1943) is an American conservative pundit, politician, and political theorist. He served as United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. He also held the post of Director of the Office […]

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The Teat: The Bloomberg Blues— A Starved Cow on Purpose

The Teat is a series on Cloaking Inequity that examines the financial backing of “reformers” who influence education policy. For this current installment in the series, I am going to examine Michael Bloomberg, the current mayor of New York, school “reformer,” and multibillionaire. To begin, every post in The Teat series has a Haiku: Children […]

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Breaking News: Kevin Welner’s Charter School Dirty Dozen

Welcome to the third installment of Cloaking Inequity’s new comic series Breaking News. Today the comic represents Kevin Welner’s “The Dirty Dozen: How Charter Schools Influence Student Enrollment. Dr. Welner is a professor of education policy at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education and director of the National Education Policy Center. What are the […]

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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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