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Video Blog: Thoughts on School Funding and the Big Race

July 29, 2010


Filmed back in the Spring of 2010. Produced by the National Education Policy Center

What does the education level of 25 to 34 year olds really mean?

July 28, 2010


About a week ago, The College Board released their latest status report in their college completion series. The parts of the report that seemed to grab the most media attention were those related to a) comparing the US to other countries on the percent of 25 to 34 year olds who hold an associates […]

Rolling Dice: If I roll a “6” you’re fired!

July 28, 2010


Okay… Picture this…I’m rolling dice… and each time I roll a “6” some loud-mouthed, tweet happy pundit who just loves value-added assessment for teachers gets fired. Sound fair? It might happen to  someone who sucks at their job…or might just be someone who is rather average. Doesn’t matter. They lost on the roll of the […]

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 […]

The Gist Twist(s) & Rhode Island School Finance

July 1, 2010


So, I’ve tried not to… but I’ve been following the relatively uninformed debate over Rhode Island’s nifty new Foundation Aid formula on the National Journal “Experts” Blog. Yep, Rhode Island has invented the… wheel… or perhaps bread… one or the other. Pretty much a run-of-the-mill foundation aid formula here. And that’s not necessarily a […]

An Alternative Look at the Census Financial Data

July 1, 2010


The spin is on. As soon as the annual school district level U.S. Census fiscal survey data are released, news outlets across the country take their shot a spinning the data to show just where their state stands. New York #1! Utah… dead last! Hawaii “above average.” Spending just really high (totally out of context)! […]