Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Unfortunate History and Segregation of Charter Schools

Considering the evidence to this point, the charter movement is evolving into a colonial construct replete with indoctrination, exploitation, and profit. —Julian Vasquez Heilig A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at the Summit for Civil Rights. Here’s what the University of Minnesota Law School about the Summit: The Summit for Civil Rights was held at the University of

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Lawsuit: TFA not interested in equity and access — Truth For America

Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer. Episode 16 features a conversation with Lisanne Wirth a former Teach For America national office employee and Julia Campins an attorney with Campins

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Join our faculty! Be a “champion for change”!

The Doctorate in Educational Leadership is an innovative joint program between the College of Education and the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. The program’s mission is to prepare diverse, transformative leaders in Pre-K—14 education. The program’s curriculum and instruction purposely combines knowledge and skills, theory and practice. Three key curricular

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California NAACP calls for the choice of community schools

When the words school choice are said… what comes to mind? We know that the majority of charter schools are privately-managed. The evolution of the school choice movement has resulted in charter-management organizations (CMOs) coming on the scene and essentially franchising schools like McDonalds and Burger King all over the United States. Considering that charter schools are becoming less popular

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Walton Funded Organization seeking “organize” and “innovate” in the Bay

Parents and community members in San Francisco have called recently concerned about an “astroturfing” organization that has received several hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Walton Family Foundation seeking to “organize” and “innovate” in the Bay. It appears that the billionaires boy club has taken to heart calls for community-based reform (at least the appearance) as an alternative to

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Ignoring Shavar and instead planting seeds for charter operators

So I have never been one to shy away from a conversation with non-like minded individuals at an event. As a result, I attended a recent charter school operator conference in New York City. While, I might have played up the conversation here on a blog as a debate with the DFER’s Shavar Jefferies (See Charters and Big Boy Pants!? This

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California NAACP resolves to address systematic oppression machine

The School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP) is a systematic oppression machine, particularly for black and brown people. By definition, “the increasing patterns of contact students have with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems as a result of the recent practices implemented by educational institutions specifically zero tolerance policies and the use of police in schools” (American Psychological Association Task Force on

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