Monthly Archives: April 2018

Standing Up For Public Control of Schools

A Walton funded “non-profit” has publicly and surreptitiously been trying to organize for charters. I first wrote about this in the post WALTON FUNDED ORGANIZATION SEEKING “ORGANIZE” AND “INNOVATE” We are noticing that education “reformers” are increasingly calling their ideas community-based and sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund astroturf (fake grassroots) organizations to push for school privatization and private control.

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Gangsters’ Moves By TEA in Houston

So Mike Morath, Texas Education Agency (TEA) commissioner, failed at his Home Rule attempt in Dallas (See Panning a Charter Takeover of all public schools). So via legislative mandate in SB 1882, Texas has now empowered TEA to use gangster moves to force schools into private management. For Whom the Bell Tolls: 6,689 @HoustonISD students, 59% Black, 40% Latinx, <1% white,

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Choice as a Substitute for Adequacy?

Originally posted on School Finance 101:
Another excerpt from forthcoming work… Much of the expansion of charter schooling occurred during the recession. That is, states were adding schools while reducing overall funding, adding inequitable choices on top of increasingly inequitable and inadequate systems.  Expanded charter schooling was a centerpiece of the Duncan/Obama education reform platform which coincided with the recession and…

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A New Approach to Remedy Education Inequity?: Opportunity to Learn (OTL) “State Minimums” for School Finance #AERA18

In my recent School Law and Policy course at California State University Sacramento, I challenged my EDD students to work with me to detail a new input orientation, empirically-based idea for school finance based on Opportunity to Learn (OTL) “state minimums.” I believe that we have come up with a jumping off point for a promising approach to thinking about

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Breaking News: Texas SBOE supports Ethnic Studies

The Texas State Board of Education unanimously passed a course in Mexican American Studies and created a path to fast-track courses in: Native American Studies Latino Studies African American Studies Asian Pacific Islander Studies Ruby red Texas is now the ONLY state in the nation to have a Mexican American Studies course!!! Here are the official motions submitted by Georgina

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New Orfield Book: School Choice Exacerbating Inequality and Segregation

In the 20th century, some African American leaders argued for small selective group of leaders to be educated to lead the community. Then, as the century progressed, a more ecumenical approach to the education of all African American students was express in the sentiment of a rising education tide— improving schools for every student would lift all boats. For example, after the

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