November 27, 2009
This is one fly I keep forgetting to swat, but one that has been repeatedly advanced by the Center for American Progress with excessively crude analyses. See: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/08/title1_map.html WOW! Just look at it. Those darn rich states like Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are running away with federal funding that should be targeted to […]
November 24, 2009
Comments Off on Checking the Tab
As follow up to yesterday’s post on the completely fabricated and back-of-the-napkin numbers presented in The Tab, here’s a quick simulated allocation of the $11,000 foundation + $3,000 poverty weight (applied to free or reduced lunch) + $400 per ELL/LEP child. The Tab pretty much conceals any real changes or patterns of changes by lumping […]
November 23, 2009
Something that has perplexed me for some time in my field of school finance, is why it seems to be okay for policy advocates and “Think Tanks” to just make stuff up. For example, to just make up what level of funding would be appropriate for accomplishing any particular set of goals? or to just […]
November 13, 2009
Comments Off on Playing with Charter Numbers in NJ
About a week ago, I commented that charter school average performance was not much, if any different from the average performance of the poorest urban public schools. This is admittedly an oversimplified comparison, but not one I would have made had I believed it to be deceptive, which it is not – given the available […]
November 10, 2009
Comments Off on Illinois Salary Gaps – Do they matter?
I picked up this article on Twitter yesterday, which seemed at first to make a veiled version of the classic “money doesn’t matter” argument, or at least that’s how the tweets and headlines were spun. The article is somewhat more thoughtful, discussing many reasons why teacher salaries vary and how those variations are largely tied […]
November 9, 2009
Comments Off on Leaders and Laggards Lags!
A quick note on Center for American Progress Leaders and Laggards report. On pages 23 & 24, this report attempts to grade state school funding systems and their level of “innovation.” But, the report pays no attention to a) whether these states actually perform well on any measures of outcomes, b) whether these states actually […]
November 9, 2009
Comments Off on What do NJ Charter Schools Really Spend?
Getting back to the original point of my blog, this post is simply about introducing to the public discourse some actual data on NJ charter school spending. Back when I wrote my textbook on school finance, I found that DC charter schools were having to rely on private contributions to the tune of 14% of […]