Monthly Archives: March 2019

UC Berkeley Chancellor says Kopp Monologue is Free Speech

Wendy Kopp, who infamously created Teach For America to temporarily place teachers in classrooms in her Princeton undergraduate thesis, has been invited to give the 2019 graduation address at UC Berkeley. I recieved the following note protesting the invitation from Jane Nylund to Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley Chancellor. As a public school advocate, and a product of California public schools

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Teach For America may lose model in California!

This week the California Assembly Education Committee heard AB 221. Here is the original text of the bill. AB 221 SECTION 1. Article 14 (commencing with Section 32440) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 19 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, to read: Article  14. Teach for America 32440. (a) Commencing with the 2020–21 school year, no

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Network For Public Education uncovers how U.S. DOE wastes a billion on defunct charter schools

A blistering new report from the Network for Public Education (NPE) documents how the federal government, through the U.S. Department of Education, wastes hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on grants awarded to charter schools that never open or quickly close. The Department of Education is also funding charter schools that blatantly discriminate in their discipline, curricular, and enrollment practices. The

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The Real Scandal Over Buying an Education

The recent college admissions scandal reaffirms that in the United States you can buy better education—legally and illegally. While financial resources and a better education share an obvious connection, for decades a small but powerful cadre of researchers has argued that money doesn’t matter for educational success. This trope has been music to the fiscal conservatives’ ears. The usual suspects pulled in

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New Truth For America podcast episode: Should TFA be banned in Low-Income schools?

Episode 19 of the Truth For America podcast was LIVE at a California state capitol research forum entitled: Should TFA be banned? The conversation features Dr. Kerry Kretchmar (Carroll University), Dr. Barb Veltri (North Arizona University), Dr. Lori Rhodes (Sonoma State), and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens). Considering California Assembly Bill 221 (2019), which would ban TFA in low-income schools,

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Julian Vasquez Heilig on John C. Scott Show: Christchurch, White nationalism and President Trump

Julian Vasquez Heilig joins talk show host John C. Scott on 1030 KVOI. We talk about the Christchurch mosque shootings, White nationalism, White supremacy and the link to President Trump’s rhetoric and much more… For more conversation in the media click here. For more political punditry click here. Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others. Check

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Testimony at California SBOE about Gülen charter school

On Thursday I went to the California Board of Education to offer public testimony about the California SBOE approval of Magnolia Science Academy Santa Ana. Here is my testimony: I am Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor and Education Chair for the California NAACP. Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos have become the nation’s most prominent supporters of privately-managed charter schools and have

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