Monthly Archives: May 2019

Q: “Did you see the numbers?” A: Yes, I have.

Is there a revolt inside the NAACP? Are charters segregated? Do African American have appreciably higher achievement in charters? Tomorrow is statewide strike and a day of action for public education in California. There will likely be more than 2,000 people at the capitol advocating pending legislation that will provide more funding for public education and greater transparency and accountability

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Breaking News: TFA kicked out of Houston

I just learned that the Houston Independent School District board deadlocked and TFA is out in Houston. More info as details become available. Houston ISD trustees vote against renewing the district's contract with Teach For America, which gave principals the authority to hire TFA corps members at their campuses. About 30-35 TFA members have been hired each year. Vote was

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NO EXCUSES: Charter Schools Should Never Be Allowed to Discriminate Against Any Group of Students

I’ve done two tours of duty for children in Texas. The first was in the Houston Independent School District’s Research and Accountability Department from 1999-2001. The second was as a faculty member in the University of Texas at Austin Educational Policy and Planning program from 2006-2014. As a result, I have roots in Texas and pay close attention to the

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Is Teach For America’s training problematic?

WGBH reports that, TFA training draws in part on Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion method, featured in the recent bookBuilding a Better Teacher. Teach Like a Champion emphasizes carefully and consistently controlling students’ words, postures and reactions from moment to moment. At Ranson Middle School, I saw posters of SLANT. That’s a Teach Like a Champion acronym for Sit

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