Author Archives: Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

New Insights and Directions: Considering the Impact of Charter School Attributes on Communities of Color

The new issue of the Journal of Transformative Leadership & Policy Studies (JTLPS) is now LIVE! Issue 7.1 focuses on charter schools. The soft release of the journal to California legislators and staff will take place today at a private showing of Backpack Full of Cash hosted by a variety of organizations at the Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento. But

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Report Comparing Charter Schools versus Public Schools is Fatally Flawed

I usually ignore Patrick Wolf and the other nonsense and commentary produced by the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, but I couldn’t this time. Here is the press release from my new analysis of their report on charter school versus public school “productivity.” From the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) Press release: Bigger Bang, Fewer Bucks?:

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V is for VICTORY, not Vouchers

School vouchers are like the zombies of education policy— they keep coming back from the dead to create a public education apocalypse. Vouchers returned in the proposed federal legislation HR 5199 and S. 2517. The resurrections demonstrate that Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and other neoliberals remain committed to privately managed school choice funded by public tax dollars, despite demonstrable

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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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