Monthly Archives: November 2016

Top 5 Reasons @TeachForAmerica and ed reformers LOVE Trump and Rhee

Word on the street is that Teach For America (TFA) wants to publicly endorse Michelle Rhee (TFA alum) for US Secretary of Education. Apparently there is some pushback within the organization against the alliance of TFA, Rhee and Trump. The election of Donald Trump has positioned TFA, Education Post, the Democrats for Education Reform (DFERs), Black Alliance for Education Options

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Testimony Submitted to Texas State Board of Education

This week, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) debated Proclamation 2018 which served as notice to both publishers and the public that the Board is inviting bids to furnish instructional materials covering ethnic studies (e.g., African American Studies, Mexican American Studies, etc.) to be used in social studies. This is nationally important because states like Texas and California typically lead

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Educators Brace for Trump

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on what Trump has in mind for education. In fact, Donald Trump has promised a bill in the first 100 days. View this post on Instagram Trump has promised a new education bill in the first 100 days. A post shared by Julian Vasquez Heilig (@professorjvh) on Nov 10, 2016 at 8:12am PST

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Discussing remedies for education and injustice at Bowdoin College

Recently I had my first opportunity to visit the beautiful state of Maine to give the Brodie Lecture at Bowdoin College. Before I get to the serious stuff, I’d like to share some of the photos from the visit. During the Brodie lecture, I sought to address the issue of educational injustice, especially for students living in poverty, in the context of

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Election Update: Charter schools, billionaire supporters, and their lobbyists are despicable

Charter schools and their lobbyists have quietly raise tens of millions of dollars from billionaires to attack supporters of public schools that are running for local school boards (see below). The Post News Group reported that, The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), funded by pro-charter school billionaires, is sending out negative mailers to voters’ homes.  The “hit pieces” are attacking

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Education disturbing and motivational on @LastWeekTonight

John Oliver is engaging in humorous discussions on TV about education that are disturbing and motivational. So today I’d like to talk a little about Last Week Tonight— currently my favorite show on TV. I’ll begin with my visit to the show a few weeks ago when I travelled to New York. I’ll end with my two favorite clips where John

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