Category Archives: Community-Based Accountability

Breaking News: Community-based Funding and Accountability working in California

I am currently sitting in the Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) annual conference being held in Sacramento. A new study just dropped that show money clearly matters in California school finance and that it has had a positive impact on student achievement and graduation rates across the state. Spending my morning learning about new developments in California school finance.

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Trumpeting Local Accountability Idea for 5 years!

Sometimes we can feel a little discouraged about our impact in the world. But one person can spark change! Together we can help create a new political reality for communities and their schools! I’d like to tell you a true story about an idea born on an airplane over the Atlantic Ocean. Back in 2012, I went to an APPAM accountability

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Has community-based accountability been impactful for English Learners?

What is community-based accountability? In 2012, I first conceptualized community-based accountability in the post Accountability: Are you ready for a new idea? Over the past several years, California has undertaken this new approach for its more than 4 million students (See all posts on community-based accountability). Local control has been a bedrock principle of public schooling in America since inception. In 2013,

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Discussing remedies for education and injustice at Bowdoin College

Recently I had my first opportunity to visit the beautiful state of Maine to give the Brodie Lecture at Bowdoin College. Before I get to the serious stuff, I’d like to share some of the photos from the visit. During the Brodie lecture, I sought to address the issue of educational injustice, especially for students living in poverty, in the context of

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Upcoming Legislative Briefing: New Options for Assessment & Accountability

Looking forward to being back in Austin in two weeks to speak at a Legislative Briefing and discuss community-based accountability. The Texas AFT, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, and Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA) invite you to an Education Briefing entitled New Options for Assessment and Accountability. Now that Congress has (theoretically) left NCLB test-and-punish mandates behind and the Legislature

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Teach Thought: Reform, Charter Schools, Poverty and Politics

What’s the reason why Democrats and Republicans are afraid to discuss education in their stump speeches or debates? Will the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal education bill be better than No Child Left Behind? What are some positive attributes of charter schools? In this Teach Thought podcast episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) and Julian Vasquez Heilig answer

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School Reform, Passion and Mic Drops

The definition of “Drop the Mic” from the classic Eminem Hip Hop film 8 mile is… Calling someone out so hard that you just walk away indisputably victorious. A few days ago I had the opportunity to visit Annapolis, MD for the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) policy conference. MSEA’s second annual policy conference featured a discussion of the policies, issues, and

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