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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Julian Vasquez Heilig on John C. Scott Show: Border Crisis, 10,000 lies and President Trump

Julian Vasquez Heilig joins talk show host John C. Scott on 1030 KVOI. We talk about the growing border crisis, the 10,000 lie arrival, and 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 out and follow

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Is Teach For America’s training problematic? Even racist?

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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Breaking: Charter moratorium moves forward from Senate Education Committee

In 2016, I first broke the news about the NAACP calling for a moratorium on charter schools in the post @NAACP calls for national moratorium on charters. The California legislature is begining to heed the civil rights organization’s call as the Senate Education Committee passed SB 756 on a 4-3 vote (I first discussed this bill in the post Charter Moratorium

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Walton-Funded Reformers Stealing Union from Black Parents?

I might be partially to blame for this one. Several years ago I was invited by the National Urban League to serve on a panel about education and school choice. The panelists included Steve Perry and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes. Watch the panel here. I stressed community-based solutions for education instead of privatization and private control. Well, I found out after

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Peter Cunningham Leaves EdPost CEO Position to… Citizen Stewart(?)

Originally posted on deutsch29:
In 2014, billionaire Eli Broad approached former US ed sec Arne Duncan crony and assistant, Peter Cunningham, to create a multi-million-dollar-funded blog, Education Post. New Orleans-based ed reformer, Christ Stewart (known as Citizen Stewart), was a founding member of EdPost; according to EdPost’s 2014, 2015, and 2016 tax forms (note that EdPost’s formal name is Results in…

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