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Friday Thoughts: In my own words (recent media commentary)

January 27, 2012

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Interview for In These Times: [I]t’s much easier to point blame at those working within the system–like teachers–than to actually raise the revenues to provide the resources necessary to really improve the system–to pay sufficient wages to attract and retain top college graduates and to provide the working conditions that would make teaching more appealing–including […]

Beneath the Veil of Inadequate Cost Analyses: What do Roland Fryer’s School Reform Studies Really Tell Us? (if anything)

January 26, 2012

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Here’s a short section from one of my papers currently in progress (part of the summary of existing literature on alternative models/strategies, and marginal expenditures). A series of studies from Roland Fryer and colleagues have explored the effectiveness of specific charter school models and strategies, including Harlem Childrens’ Zone (Dobbie & Fryer, 2009), “no excuses” […]

Jay Greene (Inadvertently?) Argues for a 23% Funding Increase for Texas Schools

January 24, 2012

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I was intrigued by this post from Jay Greene today, in which he points out that public schools can learn from charter schools and perhaps can implement some of their successes. Specifically, Greene is referring to KIPP-like “no excuses” charter schools as a model, and their strategies for improving outcomes including much extended school time […]

Follow up on Fire First, Ask Questions Later

January 19, 2012

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Many of us have had extensive ongoing conversation about the Big Study (CFR) that caught media attention last week. That conversation has included much thoughtful feedback from the authors of the study.  That’s how it should be. A good, ongoing discussion delving into technical details and considering alternative policy implications.  I received the following kind […]

NJ Charter Data Round-up

January 15, 2012

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Note: I will be making updates to this post in the coming days/weeks. As we once again begin discussing & debating the appropriate role for Charter schools in New Jersey’s education reform “mix,” here’s a round-up on the New Jersey charter school numbers, in terms of demographic comparisons to all other public and charter schools […]

Differentiating “cost savings” from “expenditure reduction”

January 11, 2012

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Today, it’s time for a little School Finance 101, clarifying the difference between what is a “cost savings” versus what is an “expenditure reduction.” Cost savings means finding ways to reduce expenditure while still addressing the same range of objectives (goals, intended outcomes) and while still achieving the same level or quality of outcomes with […]

Misunderstanding & Misrepresenting the “Costs” & “Economics” of Online Learning

January 10, 2012

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The Fordham Institute has just released its report titled “The Costs of Online Learning” in which they argue that it is incrementally cheaper to move from a) brick and mortar schooling to b) blended learning and then c) fully online learning. http://www.edexcellencemedia.net/publications/2012/20120110-the-costs-of-online-learning/20120110-the-costs-of-online-learning.pdf Accompanying this report is a blog post titled “Understanding the Economics of Online […]

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