Monthly Archives: September 2018

California Just Banned For-Profit Charter Schools. Why?

California just banned for-profit charter schools. Existing California law, the Charter Schools Act of 1992, authorizes charter schools to elect to operate as a nonprofit public benefit corporation. However, despite the original legal and policy vision for non-profit schools, thousands of students are now enrolled in charters controlled by for-profit corporations. Currently in California, according to the Assembly Education Committee, for-profit corporations operate schools that serve

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Only Charter Schools Sitting at Negotiating Table? No Educators?

Charters that take everyone’s tax dollars but are no longer subject to all stakeholder input = taxpayers are no longer stakeholders. In Texas, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has been re-drafting its charter application process and requirements and included only pro-charter organizations in “stakeholder” meetings. This communication came from a source in Texas: TEA is moving quickly on approving a new

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Discriminatory School Discipline is a Crisis! We Must Lead.

When I was teaching at UT Austin, school discipline was a dissertation topic that students wanted to investigate, but there weren’t available faculty at the institution that were conducting research in the area at the time. As a result, student interest in the disparate and unequal discipline practices occurring in schools began to drive my own interest in the area.

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Mike Kirst, Renowned Policy Influencer, to Visit California State University Sacramento

Dear Mike Kirst, Thanks for hiring me as your Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) Research Assistant at Stanford. I might have starved otherwise. Also, thank you for expertly modeling and mentoring me for a faculty and education policy influencer role right from the start. California State Board of Education President Michael W. Kirst headlines a Celebration of Scholarship at California

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FreshED Podcast: Trump’s Family Detention and Forced Choice of Online Charter

FreshEd with Will Brehm is a weekly podcast that makes complex ideas in educational research easily understood. Episode #125 features a conversation about Donald Trump’s child detention policy and the forced parental choice of online charter for-profit company. Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others. Check out and follow my YouTube channel here. Twitter: @ProfessorJVH Click here for Vitae.

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Breaking: Governor Brown signing AB 406, banning for-profit charter schools in CA

There was some debate whether Jerry Brown would sign the legislation. The following is a statement from CFT President Joshua Pechthalt on California Governor Jerry Brown signing AB 406: AB 406 was sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers and authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (AD-7) and co-authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (AD-15). “The education of our children should not

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