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Exclusive: Students Tear Gassed By Police While Protesting School “Choice”

Are you ready for more protests? If school “choice” supporters get their wish, it just might happen. Why? After 30 years of school “choice,” that is what is happening in Chile. Supporters of school “choice” want you to believe that school vouchers “work” and promote Civil Rights. I wrote in the post Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for […]

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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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Top Ten List: Why “choice” demonstrates that money matters

Apologize for the CI hiatus. I have six PhD students that want to graduate, which translates to about 1,000 pages dissertation reading these past few days. I recently had a conversation with a conservative Harvard-trained attorney last Saturday in Houston. We were discussing Finland (I blogged about Finland a few weeks ago) and her point […]

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Letter to Civil Rights and school “choice” advocate (p.s. neoliberals skip this)

Dear Civil Rights and choice advocate, I have noticed that some Civil Rights advocates are supporting and leading the school “choice” movement. They are searching for alternatives as our nation has consistently and purposely underserved students of color. As one reformer from Los Angeles told me, Latina/os and African Americans have been forced to attend “f_cked […]

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Julian Vasquez Heilig @ TLBC Legislative Summit Feb. 25

For Cloaking Inequity’s full thread on Vouchers go here. For more information on the TLBC Legislative Summit go here. School Choice: Vouchers, A Compliment or an Assault on Public Education Monday, Feb. 25th from 1:30p to 3:30p JHR 110 (Reagan Bldg in Capitol Complex) TITLE: School Choice: Vouchers as public educational policy: As we have discussed, […]

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Conclusion: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. VI

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Voucher supporters in the United States and elsewhere claim (including Sen. Dan Patrick) that vouchers will improve the educational opportunities of disadvantaged students (Sugarman, 1999), and contribute to the social integration of middle- and upper-class students. Voucher supporters argue that, since school choice is already available to upper-class […]

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Church and State: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. V

Written in collaboration with the students in my UT-Austin course School Law and Policy 11/7/2012 Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they create challenges to the separation between church and state? Questions of the separation of church and state often swirl around conversations about school vouchers. What does the […]

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Supporting Public Schools: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. IV

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they buttress or deconstruct the public school system? In the universal implementation of vouchers Chile, evidence shows that the competition for student enrollment throughout the country has been dominated by private-voucher schools at the expense of […]

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Student Achievement: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. III

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding question for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they improve achievement? In the largest implementation of vouchers in the world, contrasting results appear to have been found on the impact of the Chilean voucher system on student achievement among public and private schools. According […]

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Impact on Access and Segregation: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. II

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Portales Guiding questions for today’s post on the universal implementation of vouchers: Do they intensify segregation? Do they create more access to high-quality education? If so, for whom? According to various researchers, the introduction of universal vouchers in Chile has exacerbated segregation between schools and between types of schools […]

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Introduction: Are Vouchers a Panacea or Problematic? Pt. I

The rumors are that Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to declare vouchers “emergency legislation.” Dan Patrick, recently appointed head of the Texas Senate Education Committee, is also pushing for “choice.” The Houston Chronicle stated: Patrick is a strong supporter of school vouchers, which would allow tax money to flow to private and religious schools. The […]

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Julian Vasquez Heilig on MSNBC Sunday September 23, 2012 between 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. EST

Tune in to the Melissa-Harris Perry Show on MSNBC Sunday September 23, 2012 between 10 a.m-12 p.m EST. In the fourth segment, I will appear on a panel with Journalist Jonathan Alter, Derrell Bradford, Executive Director of Better Education for Kids, and Lily Eskelsen, Vice-President of the National Education Association to discuss school choice at NBC’s Education Nation Student Town Hall […]

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