Category Archives: KIPP

Breaking News: @TeachForAmerica and @KIPP stole ideas and curriculum?

KIPP and TFA are apparently going to have to reach into their VERY deep pockets (See Be a little more honest KIPP Charter Schools and Teach For America— Expensive) to defend themselves against a new lawsuit that accuses the two organizations of stealing ideas and curriculum. The following is drawn from Springboards to Education statement on the lawsuits filed. Springboards to Education, Inc. filed a

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#TFA25: @TeachForAmerica Parent Speaks— Should Kids Teach Kids?

How much taxpayer money does Teach For America spend? How much money do the Walmart heirs spend on Teach For America? Julian Vasquez Heilig joined the show State of Education with a parent of a corps member to discuss Teach For America on 1030 AM KVOI The Voice. Topics and questions addressed: How much money do the Walmart heirs spend

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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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Review of Journeys: Are @KIPP charter schools pathological?

Jim Horn et al. will soon publish a new book entitled Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys Through “No Excuses” Teaching. The following is a review based on the advance copy that I received. Jim Horn et al. have collected important perspectives from current and former Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) teachers in a new book entitled Work Hard, Be Hard:

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Privatization vs. Community-Based Reform Keynote at Minnesota

My parents are visiting this week. We have had several vigorous discussions— you can probably imagine the cloth that I am cut from. I was talking to my father about social change, he is less optimistic that our society will do better on many issues. My mother took the tact that you can create social change in the space you

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A Message to Democrats (and Republicans too) about Education Reform

Because I am California bound, I had to cancel an engagement to speak with the Sun City Democrats about education reform. To make up for it, I taped a message to them and answered their questions. I pasted the YouTube response below. Here are the questions: We read, in the Austin Statesman, that one of the major problems for the Texas

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