Monthly Archives: November 2014

Please Vote!: 3rd Annual Educational Policy Turkey of the Year Award #Thanksgiving

Please vote!! Cloaking Inequity seeks to illuminate popular and dominant ideologies that purport to foment equality and close the achievement gap. Often well-intentioned citizens support educational policy that claim to create a more inclusive and better quality education system— unbeknownst (or beknownst) to them— these policies magnify and hide inequality by utilizing an elegant, yet false, bureaucracy of data, research

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Local Accountability is HAPPENING: New, Peer-Reviewed, and LIVE in D.C.!

What’s happening now!? Join us LIVE in DC this weekend to discuss community-based reform as an alternative to the top-down, Texas-style reform that we have utilized across the country for the past decade! I have noticed that some blogs have post titles that don’t make much sense at first glance— so I am going with that approach today. First I will

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Lily’s Blackboard: Dimming the American Dream with Debt

I was honored to guest blog about my family’s American experience with rapidly increasing college debt for NEA President Lily Eskelsen García at Lily’s Blackboard. The guest post originally appear here. Today I'm sharing my blog with @ProfessorJVH We all need to act! #degreesnotdebt http://t.co/OCUhq6XP0b #edchat #latism — Lily Eskelsen García (@Lily_NEA) November 17, 2014 The NEA has had a recent

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Can we Evaluate #Teachers Without Using High-Stakes #Testing?

Late in the summer I received an email from Larry Ferlazzo, an award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School here in Sacramento, asking if I was interested in contributing to the conversation about the evaluation of teachers for his Edweek Classroom Q&A blog. He asked several other folks across the nation also, and he recently released a

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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 headlines nationally and have been

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Is a Billionaire or Millionaire looking to buy your election Nov 4? (Please Vote Ted in Austin)

Is a Billionaire or Millionaire looking to buy your election? In a sudden burst of altruism, billionaires like Michael Bloomberg have donated lots o’ cash to the school board race, via the Minneapolis *Progressive* Education Fund. Now it does seem a little odd for little old Minneapolis to be getting so much attention from very wealthy and, as I’ve been

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