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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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Charter Operator Stunned at 2013 National Charter Schools Conference

As I am sitting here at the National Charter Schools Conference in DC, I am stunned at the lack of experience on many of the “expert” panels. As a charter school leader, I am starting my 15th year working with a charter that was started in 15 years ago. Having worked in top leadership at the […]

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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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LA and the Recovery School District approach (SB1718): A P.T. Barnum Circus

I suspect P.T. Barnum would be proud of the showmanship eminating from Louisiana— an educational policy circus. The Recovery School District has been acclaimed as “a game changer for New Orleans” and very likely today be up for a vote in the Texas House in Senate Bill 1718— and perhaps soon in a Legislature near you. […]

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From the Mailbag: Is Charter Legislation Inconsistent with Democratic Control of Schools?

One of the most challenging aspects of charters and choice that our society is struggling with are the potential incompatibilities with democratic and community control of schools. Last year NEPC recently released a report entitled  Democracy Left Behind: How Recent Education Reforms Undermine Local School Governance and Democratic Education.  I previously discussed the brief in context […]

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Dollar Bill Ya’ll: Speculative Bubble(s) in Education?

At the recent AERA conference in San Francisco, I was having a conversation with a local San Franciscan. He we mentioning that he was disappointed that he had not been able to take financial advantage of the last two “bubbles.” He was asking aloud what other thought was going to be the next “bubble.” I […]

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