Tag Archives: Black Alliance for Educational Options

Debating charter schools: Julian Vasquez Heilig vs. Howard Fuller

It’s rare that the media brings a balancing perspective to education reformers arguments for anti-democratic, top-down, private control and privatization of our public schools. This week it happened. I debated charters schools with Howard Fuller, Professor and Chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, on Andre Perry’s WBOK 1230 AM #FREECOLLEGE show. We also discuss the NAACP and Black Lives

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Updated: Hostile Charter Takeovers Sideline Communities

What the education reformers’ policies (charters, vouchers, high-stakes testing, Common Core, VAM etc.) have in common is that they are top-down and focus on private control and privatization. I discussed these common denominators during the Cambridge Forum that was syndicated nationally on NPR last year. Cambridge Forum Lecture on Privatizing Education (NPR radio version) https://t.co/eLnboo3kle — JulianVasquezHeilig (@ProfessorJVH) April 30,

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Dear Ed Reformer of Color: Will you take the red pill or the blue pill?

A Broad Latino collaborator recently responded to my critique of billionaire reformers and their corroborators of color. In the piece Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform I posited that civil rights advocates and billionaires have different goals for school “reform” (equity versus profit, respectively). Dr. Monty J. Thornburg’s (the top commenter on Cloaking Inequity— to date he has commented on 136

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Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform

Under the mantra of civil rights, billionaires such as Eli Broad, Bill Gates and the Koch Brothers and the powerful corporate-funded lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are using venture philanthropy and the political process to press for school reforms in the United States. The ongoing Vergara law case in California in which nine students are suing the state over teacher tenure

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