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Title I Does NOT make “Rich” states “Richer!”

November 27, 2009

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This is one fly I keep forgetting to swat, but one that has been repeatedly advanced by the Center for American Progress with excessively crude analyses. See: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/08/title1_map.html WOW! Just look at it. Those darn rich states like Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are running away with federal funding that should be targeted to […]

Checking the Tab

November 24, 2009

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As follow up to yesterday’s post on the completely fabricated and back-of-the-napkin numbers presented in The Tab,  here’s a quick simulated allocation of the $11,000 foundation + $3,000 poverty weight (applied to free or reduced lunch) + $400 per ELL/LEP child. The Tab pretty much conceals any real changes or patterns of changes by lumping […]

Why is it OK for Think Tanks to just make stuff up?

November 23, 2009

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Something that has perplexed me for some time in my field of school finance, is why it seems to be okay for policy advocates and “Think Tanks” to just make stuff up. For example, to just make up what level of funding would be appropriate for accomplishing any particular set of goals? or to just […]

Playing with Charter Numbers in NJ

November 13, 2009

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About a week ago, I commented that charter school average performance was not much, if any different from the average performance of the poorest urban public schools. This is admittedly an oversimplified comparison, but not one I would have made had I believed it to be deceptive, which it is not – given the available […]

Illinois Salary Gaps – Do they matter?

November 10, 2009

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I picked up this article on Twitter yesterday, which seemed at first to make a veiled version of the classic “money doesn’t matter” argument, or at least that’s how the tweets and headlines were spun. The article is somewhat more thoughtful, discussing many reasons why teacher salaries vary and how those variations are largely tied […]

Leaders and Laggards Lags!

November 9, 2009

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A quick note on Center for American Progress Leaders and Laggards report. On pages 23 & 24, this report attempts to grade state school funding systems and their level of “innovation.” But, the report pays no attention to a) whether these states actually perform well on any measures of outcomes,  b) whether these states actually […]

What do NJ Charter Schools Really Spend?

November 9, 2009

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Getting back to the original point of my blog, this post is simply about introducing to the public discourse some actual data on NJ charter school spending. Back when I wrote my textbook on school finance, I found that DC charter schools were having to rely on private contributions to the tune of 14% of […]

The Real NJ Graduation Scam?

November 8, 2009

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Bob Bowdon, of Cartel fame and E-3 make the claim that New Jersey’s poor urban districts are scamming the public and taxpayers by having overstated graduation rates. About half of poor district kids pass the HSPA test, but 85% graduate. Their brilliant solution to this problem, as I’ve noted previously, is to give kids the […]

Teacher Evaluation with Value Added Measures

November 7, 2009

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This month, the special issue of the journal Education Finance and Policy on value-added measurement of student outcomes was published. The table of contents is here: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/edfp/4/4 This is good stuff, authored by leading educational measurement and statistics researchers and economists. These articles provide some important cautionary tales regarding the application of value-added measures of […]

Hawaii’s Funding Mess: My thoughts on why

November 6, 2009

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It is indeed sad to see the state of public schooling in Hawaii. Teachers are furloughed and students are losing valuable classroom time. The state has chosen to use ARRA stimulus funds to fill budget gaps – which has been done by many states – but Hawaii has chosen to cut more than fill. Arguably, […]

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