Category Archives: Charter Schools

Julian Vasquez Heilig | Connections | KET teaser

KET PBS Host Renee Shaw welcomes Julian Vasquez Heilig, Dean of the University of Kentucky’s College of Education. He came to UK in 2019 from California State University where he was a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dean Vasquez Heilig has been an author or co-author on nearly 50 peer-reviewed journals and written extensively on a range of

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The Total Neoliberal Misrepresentation of the Recent History of Indianapolis K12 Education

Is a total neoliberal misrepresentation coming to K12 Education in a public district near you? A recent article in the pro-charter, pro-neoliberal “magazine,” called Education Next, is a thorough misrepresentation of the recent history of Indianapolis K12 education (see the article at https://www.educationnext.org/hoosier-way-good-choices-for-all-indianapolis/).  I know because, as a university professor and a community activist, I have spent the last seven

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Going from Entertaining to Precise about RCT and #RIPKobeBryant

In 2018, I was invited to a mock trial entitled Public School System Charged with Fraud: Guilty or Not Guilty? about public education at Freedom Fest, a Libertarian conference that is held yearly in Las Vegas. Which basically says that if you have a conference in Vegas— I will say yes to just about any opportunity to speak. 🙂 I

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Wanted: Chapters About No Excuses Charters

Much has been written about “No Excuses” charter schools and their deleterious impacts on student of color (See for example Colonizing the Black Natives). Amber Kim is leading a groundbreaking new book project entitled,  Inexcusable: Contemporary Counter-Narratives that Expose the “New Face” of No Excuses Schools. You may remember Dr. Kim from the Diane Ravitch episode of Truth for America

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NCES Releases School Choice in the United States Report

A new report the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) “finds that charter school and public school students have the same academic performance in testing conducted at the fourth- and eighth-grade level.” (See Charter School and Public School Students Have Same Academic Performance, Report Finds) I went through the report this morning on the plane and here

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The answers for schools aren’t just in Finland or Singapore.

I spent some time talking with Linda Blackford, the local column writer for the Lexington Herald Leader. She wrote a piece based on our conversation entitled The answers for Kentucky schools aren’t in Finland or Singapore. ‘You just have to go to Beaumont.’ Last year, University of Kentucky professor Wayne Lewis took an unpaid leave of absence from the College

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