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Segregating Suburbia: A Princeton Story

October 30, 2013


Others around me have for some time been raising concerns about the emergence of boutique, suburban charter schools. Until now, I’ve largely blown off those concerns in part as I’ve questioned just how much sorting a charter school can achieve in a relatively homogeneous suburban area. Suburbs have their own unique portfolio of schools.  One […]

Friday Story Time: Deconstructing the Cycle of Reformy Awesomeness

October 25, 2013


Once upon a time, there was this totally awesome charter school in Newark, NJ. It was a charter school so awesome that its leaders and founders and all of their close friends decided they must share their miracle with the world in books on the reasons for their awesomeness, including being driven by data and […]

Newark Charter Update: A few new graphs & musings

July 14, 2013


It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about New Jersey Charter schools, so I figured I throw a few new graphs and tables out there. In the not too distant past, I’ve explained: That Newark charter schools in particular, persist in having an overall cream-skimming effect in Newark, creating demographic advantage for themselves and […]

When Dummy Variables aren’t Smart Enough: More Comments on the NJ CREDO Study

December 3, 2012


This is  a brief follow up on the NJ CREDO study, which I wrote about last week when it was released. The major issues with that study were addressed in my previous post, but here, I raise an additional non-trivial issue that plagues much of our education policy research. The problems I raise today not […]

The Secrets to Charter School Success in Newark: Comments on the NJ CREDO Report

November 27, 2012


Today, with much fanfare, we finally got our New Jersey Charter School Report. The unsurprising findings of that report are that charter schools in Newark in particular seem to be providing students with greater average annual achievement gains than those of similar (matched) students attending district schools. Elsewhere around the state charter schools are pretty […]

Parsing Charter School Disability Enrollments in PA and NJ

August 23, 2012


Here are a few quick figures that parse the disability classifications of children with disabilities served by charter schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two previous posts set the stage for this comparison. In one, I explained how charter schools in the city of Newark, NJ, by taking on fewer low income students, far fewer […]

New Jersey Charter Data Roundup: A look at the 2010-11 Report Cards

June 8, 2012

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Here’s a quick run-down on the 2010-11 New Jersey School Report Card data on charter schools. No-one else is putting out decent summaries of this stuff, so I feel obligated to revisit these data periodically. They don’t change much over time. But those older blog posts get buried over time. So, here we go. Let’s […]

NJ Charter Data Round-up

January 15, 2012


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 […]

Digging for Consistent, Comprehensive Financial Data on New Jersey Charter Schools

October 28, 2011


I’ve commented in the past about the difficulties of obtaining reconcilable data on finances of New Jersey Charter Schools. What do I mean by reconcilable? Well, when I’m looking at financial data on charter schools in particular, I like to be able to see some relationship between expenditure and revenue data reported on IRS 990 […]

Misinformed charter punditry doesn’t help anyone (especially charters!)

October 4, 2011


Download slides of figures below: TEAM Academy Slides Oct 5 2011 Link to NCES Common Core Build a Table: Link to Special Education Data (NJDOE): Link to School Report Card Download (NJDOE): Link to Enrollment Data 2010-11 (NJDOE):   Misinformed charter punditry doesn’t help anyone. It doesn’t help the public to […]


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