Author Archives: Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

Examining the myth of accountability, high-stakes testing and the achievement gap

We are proud to announce a new peer-reviewed paper entitled Examining the myth of accountability, high-stakes testing and the achievement gap In this article, we outline how notions of accountability and the achievement gap have relied upon the massive expansion of high-stakes exams in our nation’s schools. Texas-style test and punish accountability manifested in various ways within schools and school culture across

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Please forward to CA voters ASAP!

I’m posting this for the Tony Thurmond campaign. Please forward to all California voters. The November 6th election is just five weeks away, mail in ballots are coming soon or may have already arrived, and I am asking you to vote for Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This race is important. With all the news coverage of the federal midterm elections, no one

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Breaking News: NAACP Resolution Decries Representation of African Americans in textbooks, courses and standards

The NAACP has a new resolution speaking out against the problematic representation of African Americans in our education system. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization. It was formed in 1909 as a “bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans.” My Great Grandma Z. Louise Scott was an NAACP

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NPE Action Endorses Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction in California!

NPE Action Endorses Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction in California! — Read on

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Is the Co-Location of Charters Inside Neighborhood Schools a Problem?

This past summer I had opportunity to visit the Hawkins community schools in Los Angeles. What I haven’t talked about publicly is that I was also invited to visit Magnolia Science Academy 3 (MSA3)   which is co-located at Curtiss Middle School in Carson California during the same trip. The Magnolia schools are affiliated with the Gulen charters, the second largest

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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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