Category Archives: Charter Schools

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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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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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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Charter Moratorium on Tap: Update on Legislative Effort in California

First, a charter moratorium bill was filed this morning in California SB 756. I knew the spot bill would be a moratorium, but of course I couldn’t say that publicly before it happened. Here is how it reads now. The Charter Schools Act of 1992 authorizes the establishment and operation of charter schools. Existing law generally requires a petition to

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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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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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