Happy New Year!: 2014 Education Reform in Review (your champagne break)

I speak from experience: there are some “teachers” at BASIS charter schools who have no clue how to teach, and some of the ones I met did not want to learn. Charters take funding away from public schools in the neediest districts. We do have the power to change this; spread the word.

Cloaking Inequity

Wow. 2014 is already gone. Allot happened in education policy in 2014… Are the corporate reformers finally in retreat? There is some optimism out there that the public is finally seeing through their “civil rights” rhetoric and understanding that their true focus is control, profit, and privatization. With your input and support, Cloaking Inequity, our community blog project, will continue to critique hegemonic education policy in 2015. But first, here is a quick year in review for Cloaking Inequity from 2014.

SO what were the most read posts in 2014?

1. Tell-All From A TFA and KIPP Teacher: Unprepared, Isolation, Shame, and Burnout 

Intro: A few years ago a UT-Austin undergraduate student sat in my office and told me that she was joining Teach For America and was going to teach in KIPP school. The essence of TFA’s pitch to her?…

2. Parent Horror Stories from BASIS: Corporate…

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ACLU sues Delaware over segregated charter schools

The ACLU has sued the state of Delaware for permitting segregated charter schools.

“As detailed in Part IV of this complaint, Delaware’s expansion of charter schools has led to segregated charter schools for students of color, students from low income families, and students with disabilities. Specifically, more than three-quarters of the state’s charter schools are racially identifiable.11 High-performing charter schools are almost entirely racially identifiable as White. In addition, low income students and students with disabilities (to the extent that students with disabilities are served by charter schools) are disproportionately relegated to failing charter schools and charter schools that are racially identifiable as African-American or Hispanic. Relatedly, the proliferation of charter schools has been accompanied by increased segregation in public schools located in districts where charter schools operate.”

This is plain and simple: open-enrollment charters are not only diluting public funding, diverting much-needed funds from public schools, but they are purposely keeping the higher-ranked students to boost their test stats.

View the court ruling here: https://greatschoolwars.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/final-compl-re-de-charters-signed.pdf