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Graphs of the Day: Texas Private School Enrollments & Expenditures

May 19, 2011


Below are a series of graphs of the distribution of enrollments and average total expenditures for Texas private schools. I figure these are particularly relevant as the Texas legislature entertains the idea of providing vouchers for private schools in Texas. These data, unfortunately, are from a few years back – based on 2008 IRS tax […]

When schools have money…

October 27, 2010

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When schools and school districts have more money and spend more money, what do they spend it on? We are told these days to believe that everything we thought about the virtues of small class size back in the 1990s was misguided. That improving teacher quality trumps reducing class size any day when it comes […]

If money doesn’t matter…

September 20, 2010


A) Then why do private independent schools, like those attended by our President’s children (Sidwell Friends in DC), or by Davis Guggenheim’s children (?), spend so much more than nearby traditional public schools? Davis Guggenheim, producer of Waiting for Superman, frequently explains to the media these days that he feels uneasy that he has made […]

Private Schools & Public Education Policy in New Jersey

July 21, 2010


The commission on private schools established by former Governor Corzine has just released its report: This report is more fun than many recent reports in New Jersey because it actually has some data and citations. Nonetheless, I have at least a few concerns regarding the presentation of the data and implications drawn from it. […]

Another “You Cannot be Serious!” The demise of private sector preschool in New Jersey?

July 10, 2010


There is little I find more enjoyable than boldly stated claims where the claims are entirely unsubstantiated… but where data are relatively accessible for testing those claims. This week, the Governor’s Task Force on Privatization in New Jersey released their final report on the virtues of privatization for specific services. I took particular interest in […]

NJ Opportunity Scholarship: Must Read Items

May 7, 2010

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Very little time today. Big deadlines and lots of data to analyze. Since the debate is now heating up over the NJ Opportunity Scholarship Program, I thought I’d put out there a few items which really should be part of the debate on this topic. 1) The April 2010 report on the long run effectiveness […]

Would $8,000 Scholarships help Sustain NJ Private Schools?

March 23, 2010


Note: This was written prior to the announcement that the scholarship amounts would be $6000 for elementary and $9000 for secondary schools. The same logic and findings apply, though to an even greater extreme in light of these numbers. Part of the argument being made for providing $8,000 scholarships for students to attend private schools […]

Stossel & Coulson Misinformation on Private vs. Public School “Costs”

February 20, 2010


Last summer, I had an interesting exchange with Andrew Coulson regarding the issue of private school costs. That discussion can be found here: I had the displeasure this evening, while channel surfing, to catch a few minutes of John Stossel’s latest episode on the failures of the public education system and low-cost wonders of […]

Coulson’s selective reading skills…again!

September 14, 2009

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So… I’m browsing the Cato web site and Andrew Coulson’s blog entries this morning and find  post where Coulson explains that a 2008 study shows that spending more on K-12 education reduces economic growth (9-2-09 post). So, I look at the study. Here are the first two sentences of the conclusion section of that […]

Coulson still clueless

September 1, 2009

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In his most recent response to my response: Coulson continues to miss the entire point of my report and misunderstand methodological detail. First, Coulson assumes that the entire point of the report is to show that private schools spend a lot and that they spend more than public schools. The point is that some […]


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