Monthly Archives: April 2015

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 action. The youth court was

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Will San Francisco Cancel TFA?: @TeachForAmerica Alum letter to Board details threats, depression, and debt

Teach For America is facing headwind. Several states have cut back funding and TFA has revealed that they are short of their lofty recruiting goals that were set when they received $50 million from Arne Duncan a few years ago. (See all of Cloaking Inequity’s posts on Teach For America here). Today I was contacted by two different individuals from the Bay Area

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Senate Testimony: Does Pre-K have 1700% more impact than Charters?

I was invited by Senator Mark Leno to testify at the California Senate Education committee yesterday. I was quite surprised that the California Charter School Association (CCSA) bused in a hundred parents of color to oppose SB322 , a bill primarily about collecting data on teacher turnover and school discipline, to argue the bill would “close charter schools.” That was a

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This Weekend: A Coalition Meets in Chicago to Reform the Reformers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Do you want to learn how to reform the reformers? Julian Vasquez Heilig explains why it is urgent to reform the current wave of failed reforms in this article in Catalyst-Chicago: The predominance of the data and evidence is clear: School “reformers” have failed spectacularly in Chicago and elsewhere over the past decade.…

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New Orleans Recovery School District (RSD) Proponents Now Offer a Disclaimer

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Corporate-reform-supporting proponents of the state-run Recovery School District (RSD) in New Orleans are not known for delivering messages of “caution” regarding the success of the now-100-percent charter district. What they have managed to do is to shape a success narrative by controlling the success message. So, I was surprised to read the following brief in Politico…

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Black and Brown: Allies or Foes? #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 convention came around it, was

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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 scholarly inquiry related to education

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