Monthly Archives: January 2016

Latino students, parents should be wary of school choice ‘panacea’ #SCW

The wealthy have poured millions of dollars into “school choice” causes over the last decade. Under the mantra of civil rights, billionaires such as Eli Broad, Bill Gates, the Koch Brothers and the powerful corporate-funded lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are using venture philanthropy and the political process to press for top-down neoliberal school reforms focused on

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Horror Inside Pt. 2: Charter Teacher Turns Whistleblower #SCW

Today Cloaking Inequity concludes an exclusive story written by Jennifer Ventimiglia, a veteran charter school teacher. This post is the continuation of the story that began in the post Horror Inside: A No Excuses Charter School #SCW After school on Friday, the day before winter break, I was called into the Site Director’s office… He said, “I just want to inform you that

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Horror Inside: A No Excuses Charter School #SCW

It’s school choice week! Today Cloaking Inequity has an exclusive story written by Jennifer Ventimiglia, a veteran charter school teacher. She describes the “no excuses” practices and teacher quality issues plaguing the first charter school established in Oakland. The story has two parts. Tomorrow I will run the conclusion.   When I agreed to work at Oakland Charter Academy (OCA) this

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Updated: Hostile Charter Takeovers Sideline Communities

What the education reformers’ policies (charters, vouchers, high-stakes testing, Common Core, VAM etc.) have in common is that they are top-down and focus on private control and privatization. I discussed these common denominators during the Cambridge Forum that was syndicated nationally on NPR last year. Cambridge Forum Lecture on Privatizing Education (NPR radio version) — JulianVasquezHeilig (@ProfessorJVH) April 30,

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Nominate High Schools for Elite List

How about some good news in your inbox today? The National Education Policy Center is seeking to recognize “Schools of Opportunity,” a recognition of top high schools across the nation. The application deadline is February 3 and is rapidly approaching. Here is their press release: BOULDER, CO (January 19, 2016) – High schools from across the nation are now submitting applications

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Honoring MLK’s legacy (and not co-opting it)

While many new outlets and blogs had articles prepared to run on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I usually prefer to take in the experience and then write about it the next day (i.e. one of my personal favorite Cloaking Inequity MLK day posts is Honoring MLK: Remembered For the Extremist That He Was) My day began with the Sacramento parade honoring MLK’s legacy.

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