Andrew Coulson should learn to read… Private School Study

I just read this piece from Cato attempting to discredit my recent policy report: Among other things Andrew Coulson asserts that large degrees of selection bias taint my study of Private School Expenditure and that not only did I ignore this, but I hid it intentionally and skewed the results. Okay, I urge anyoneContinue reading “Andrew Coulson should learn to read… Private School Study”

Ed Trust, DFER and Center for American Progress misguided

Let me start by saying that these are three groups for which I have a good appreciation. But, these groups have allowed much of their education reform agenda to be misguided by bad analyses and the time has come to clear up some major problems with the assumptions that drive many of the policy recommendationsContinue reading “Ed Trust, DFER and Center for American Progress misguided”

Who should qualify for Race to the Top?

I’ve been asked at least a few times this past week about what types of requirements should be included for states to qualify for Race to the Top federal stimulus funding. Interestingly, there seems thus far to be little focus on whether states are actually financing their schools equitably and adequately and putting up reasonableContinue reading “Who should qualify for Race to the Top?”

Private School Spending

New out today (copy of press release): Ground-breaking study has major implications for public school spending and voucher programs Contact: Teri Battaglieri – (517) 203-2940; Bruce Baker – (732) 932-7496 ext. 8232; EAST LANSING, Mi., (August 18, 2009) – Private school spending varies far more widely than spending on public education, a newContinue reading “Private School Spending”

Small Districts, Racial Isolation and New Jersey

Attached are some slides from a presentation I’ve done around the state on the question of how school district size affects education costs. I’ve added to this slide set a few additional slides on the effects of racial composition on education costs, which come from the same statistical model of NJ school district costs, atContinue reading “Small Districts, Racial Isolation and New Jersey”