Random thoughts on CT

I picked this article up on twitter: http://www.courant.com/news/education/hc-education-commissioner-0819.artaug19,0,3631152.story

From these figures below, it looks to me like Connecticut has some other issues to deal with. This is  a perfect example of just how illogical state aid distribution and state school finance formulas can be.

Variation in Nominal Expenditures

Variation in Need & Cost Adjusted Expenditures

Published by schoolfinance101

Bruce Baker is an Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From 1997 to 2008 he was a professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. He is lead author with Preston Green (Penn State University) and Craig Richards (Teachers College, Columbia University) of Financing Education Systems, a graduate level textbook on school finance policy published by Merrill/Prentice-Hall. Professor Baker has written a multitude of peer reviewed research articles on state school finance policy, teacher labor markets, school leadership labor markets and higher education finance and policy. His recent work has focused on measuring cost variations associated with schooling contexts and student population characteristics, including ways to better design state school finance policies and local district allocation formulas (including Weighted Student Funding) for better meeting the needs of students. Baker, along with Preston Green of Penn State University are co-authors of the chapter on Conceptions of Equity in the recently released Handbook of Research Education Finance and Policy, and co-authors of the chapter on the Politics of Education Finance in the Handbook of Education Politics and Policy and co-authors of the chapter on School Finance in the Handbook of Education Policy of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Baker has also consulted for state legislatures, boards of education and other organizations on education policy and school finance issues and has testified in state school finance litigation in Kansas, Missouri and Arizona. He is a member of the Think Tank Review Panel, a group of academic researchers who conduct technical reviews of publicly released think tank reports on education policy issues.

5 thoughts on “Random thoughts on CT

  1. So, I’m also a jazz musician (mostly past life) and currently listening to jazz on Pandora. A piece by tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm comes on, reminding me further of the disparities in Connecticut. On this piece Joel Frahm is playing with high school friend Brad Mehldau – graduates of Hall HS in West Hartford, a relatively affluent HS with a long history of great jazz. This brings to mind other CT jazz musicians, like pianists Gary Versace and Kevin Hayes, both of whom have impressive credits – especially Gary these days. Both of these stellar jazz pianists are graduates of Greenwich HS – also a great jazz program… and also an affluent suburb. Can someone help me identify all of the jazz standouts, past downbeat student music award winners, etc. from poor CT districts? (there must be some?)

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