Category Archives: Charter Schools

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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Exclusive: The Moral Disengagement of Education Reform

This week I blogged about the 2019 International School Choice and Reform conference in Portugal. What I didn’t mention in the post (See FROM PORTUGAL, WITH NO LOVE FROM THE EDUCATION REFORMERS) was the Twitter onslaught and venom from the White neoliberals directed towards Steve Nelson about his research after the conference. Wanted to say @BrotherCitizen is one of my favorite follows!

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From Portugal, with no Love from the Education Reformers

I recently had the opportunity to be the “skunk in the garden party” so to say at the 2019 International School Choice and Reform conference in Portugal. View this post on Instagram Blog post going up Wednesday at Cloaking Inequity about the moral disengagement of market-based education reform movement. Will include my reflections from International school reform conference in today’s

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Reblogged: HISD won’t tolerate a hostile takeover of brown and black schools

Other than the situation in Los Angeles USD. I believe that Houston is currently our most pressing urban district situation. The Republicans in Texas Legislature would like to take over the democratically-elected majority minority school board and turn Houston ISD into a charter district. I have a special place in my heart for Houston ISD as my career began there

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Does @EducationNext still get it WRONG on Gülen charters?

I am glad that Harvard’s EducationNext changed the original language in this piece about the Gulen charter schools and Turkey that incorrectly argued that the NAACP had rescinded its call for a charter school moratorium by stating that it had not been “renewed.” They have now taken that language out of the article online, but they still have not issued a

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