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Gary Orfield
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The charter world includes serious educators who support accountability but the billionaires who jump into charter politics tend to have no contact with actual schools but take the superiority of anything that is not public as the basic article of faith in a fundamentalist view of markets that ignores the concepts of community and public good, and accepts the stereotype that public schools are inherently bad even though they live in communities where affluent people are very happy with their public schools and they have no actual contact with the schools and the communities in poor urban settings. They think they are supporting something that is always good, by definition, and are not interested in evidence since they hold extremely negative views of the people who work in high poverty public schools.
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a clearly unfair attack using loaded language and a very unrepresenative photo against  a leading researcher who fights for college access on the basis of strong research..   The great University of Wisconsin is clearly under frontal attack by the governor and she had the academic freedom to express her opinion about it to the public and the students, whatever one may think about the sometimes over-the-top words and comparisons she chose to use.  Her departure is a loss for the university and  the students, faculty, and the people of Wisconsin need to focus on the serious threat to the university,  not the bearer of the bad news.  In this period of extraordinary political polarization and breakdown of the norms of generations of bipartisan support for public higher educaiton adn protection of academic freedom.  It  is time to speak out.

Whenever a civil rights case went to the Supreme Court the experts and civil rights lawyers who followed the Court very carefully always assumed that Scalia was an automatic vote against minority rights, and was likely be dismissive, sarcastic, and, in some cases embrace ideas suggesting racial inferiority, stoking prejudices.  

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Read this short piece, think about the dramatic maps of opportunity in greater Milwaukee and ask yourself, why haven't our major educational leaders made any serious policy proposals in decades to address these obvious relationships, why have we created a new system of charter schools that ignore this issue and often are even more intensely segregated, and why have our courts been taking away the tools to address these issues?  These are questions we need to answer now and to address the various dimensions of educational, housing and urban policy that could produce more equity.

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Gandhi was once asked his opinion of Christianity.  He said  something like, it is a wonderful idea and we should try it sometime.  I get the strong impression that Francis is tying with all of his heart to live out the Christian message and the spirit of the second great commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself.  This is troubling to those who administer the greatest religious bureaucracy and tend to evaluate people in terms of a rating sheet of worthiness rather than to truly see hope and value and possibilities in every person.  He is trying to move this vast institution back to what he sees as Christ's vision of mercy.

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People of many faiths believe that we have a moral obligation to be stewards of God's creation.  At a time when we are close to creating irreversible damage to our earth a religious leader, especially one who has scientific training like the Pope, should be addressing this crisis as  a fundamental responsibility of humanity which must be urgently addressed.  The Paris agreements are good but seriously inadequate and even those steps are being opposed by many religious conservatives who somehow have missed the basic point the Pope so vividly makes in his writing.

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Our book: EDUCATIONAL DELUSIONS? WHY CHOICE CAN DEEPEN INEQUALIITY AND HOW TO MAKE SCHOOLS FAIR. (oRFIELD & fRANKENBERG, u  OF cALIFORNIA PRESS 2013)  IS CENTRALLY CONCERNED WITH THESE ISSUES.

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This is terrible news about someone whose public record on education has been progressive and important and has a position of power that could have produced gains for years to come, creating all the deeper shame if this is true.  

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This is going to be a summer of worry and work for those concerned with the future of diversity on American campuses.  https://theconversation.com/explainer-crucial-texas-case-on-race-considerations-in-college-admissions-44117

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If a teacher cheats on a test (usully under crazy pressure) conservatives cheer as she is sent to jail.  When a conservative state supt. cheats in a basic way in evaluating and helping a charter school he is appointed supt. No one should violate their professional responsibilities but it would be good to have punishments proportionate to the violation and the responsibility of the violator.
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