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Storified: @NALEO features Clinton, Sanders and Castro et al. on Education #NALEOconf15

What do you think politicians are telling Latinos about education these days? I recently had the opportunity to hear the thinking of Sec. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sec. Julian Castro, Dr. Ben Carson and others LIVE at the 2015 NALEO conference in Las Vegas. I attended to discuss educational policy and share research with […]

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Justice in action: How we can address the school-to-prison pipeline

Why are we sending droves of young Black and Brown students into the school-to-prison pipeline via our harsh discipline policies when there are better alternatives? In this newly published chapter in the Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership, we examine a unique peer run youth court at an urban middle school to contextualize social justice in […]

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Black and Brown: Allies or Foes in Education Policy? #AERA15 #AERAPres

Let me start by telling you a story about Black and Brown collaboration in Texas. When I first moved to Texas in 1999, I was heavily involved in grassroots politics with the Tejano Democrats. I also volunteered in the local district office of Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee and had worked on redistricting maps. When the Democratic […]

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Say Hello! in #Chicago April 16-20, 2015 #AERA15

  If you are interested in education, attending the AERA conference each year is a must. The conference began April 16 in Chicago. 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 […]

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Students MUST be heard!!: Policymakers and educators should listen

I spent an evening a few weeks ago with Californians for Justice (CFJ) at a fundraising dinner for the organization. (shout out to Dr. Roxana Marachi for inviting me!) Who are they? Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and […]

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Latino Teachers: Seek Overthrow of the U.S. Government or to Improve Academic Achievement?

Our education is under attack, what do we do? Fight back! On April 26, 2011, nine students in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) took over the school board meeting to protest the potential dismantling of the Mexican American Studies (MAS) program. The dramatic images of students chaining themselves to school board members’ chairs made […]

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In Memoriam of WWII Latino Veterans and Their Families

Thank you to all of the veterans who have courageously served our country. This post is dedicated to my tía Minnie Cadena who recently passed and was a participant in the University of Texas Voce Oral History Project and my tío John G. Reyes who was KIA 1944. This post is also dedicated to the all of the Heilig, […]

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Video from my visit to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry

From MSNBC: Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, segregation remains in some public schools. ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Advancement Project’s Judith Browne Dianis, Julian Vasquez Helig from the Educational Policy and Planning Program at the University of Texas, The Century Foundation’s Halley Potter and MSNBC.com’s Trymaine Lee join Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss. The […]

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Brown v. Board Fails: Resegregation is Accidentally on Purpose #Brownat60

Since it’s inception the United States has enacted and supported racially discriminatory policies. On May 17, 1954, the US Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing racial segregation in our  nation’s schools. Brown overturned the doctrine of “separate but equal,” which the Court had established in the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson. Brown […]

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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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Dear Ed Reformer of Color: Will you take the red pill or the blue pill?

A Broad Latino collaborator recently responded to my critique of billionaire reformers and their corroborators of color. In the piece Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform I posited that civil rights advocates and billionaires have different goals for school “reform” (equity versus profit, respectively). Dr. Monty J. Thornburg’s (the top commenter on Cloaking Inequity— to date […]

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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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Expansive School Segregation in Texas: Predicts Accountability Rating

Although U.S. schools are more racially diverse than ever before, they are growing increasingly segregated, with African American and Latina/o students attending more segregated schools than at any time in the past 20 years (Orfield, 2009). Although current levels of school segregation are reminiscent of the pre-Brown era, the demographics of students in U.S. schools […]

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Rejoinder to Questions about Forces Determined to Segregate Higher Education

In the post “Merit” Apartheid: Forces Determined to Segregate Higher Education? I wrote: It appears more and more that there are forces that are determined to re-segregate higher education in Texas and elsewhere. The desegregation of higher education is currently inevitable in places like Texas under existing policies such at the Top Ten Percent Plan because of the rapidly […]

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“Merit” Apartheid: Forces Determined to Segregate Higher Education?

It appears more and more that there are forces that are determined to re-segregate higher education in Texas and elsewhere. The desegregation of higher education is currently inevitable in places like Texas under existing policies such at the Top Ten Percent Plan because of the rapidly changing racial demographics of students in K-12 (Note: We examined […]

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“Regrettable” that Blacks/Latinos are Naughty: Race/Racism Expunged in US

An infinity of good and bad things get unevenly distributed across populations for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with the kinds of discrimination that are banned in our laws and Constitution. Chester Finn Congratulations, us Americans can officially pat ourselves on the back. From my estimation, from where I sit, women have now […]

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