How much does Federal Title I Funding Affect Fairness in State School Finance Systems?

About this much! These funding profiles are based on the methodology used in our reports on school funding fairness. The reports can be found here: http://schoolfundingfairness.org/ and the technical appendix can be found here: http://schoolfundingfairness.org/ This graph is based on an updated model which includes data from 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 (these are linear projectionsContinue reading “How much does Federal Title I Funding Affect Fairness in State School Finance Systems?”

Friday Finance 101: What Can we Learn about Education Costs & Efficiency by Studying Existing Public Schools?

One pervasive reformy argument is that our entire education system may be instantly transformed to be more productive and efficient by instantly adopting untested reformy policies and/or untested solutions of sectors other than education. Further, that we must take these bold leaps of faith because the public education system itself is too corrupt, too bloated,Continue reading “Friday Finance 101: What Can we Learn about Education Costs & Efficiency by Studying Existing Public Schools?”

Friday Finance 101: Equitable and Adequate Funding and Teacher Quality is Not an Either-Or choice!

In recent years, the casual observer of debates over public education policy might be led to believe that improving teacher quality and ensuring that low income and minority school children have access to high quality teachers has little or nothing to do with the equity or adequacy of financing of schools. The casual observer mightContinue reading “Friday Finance 101: Equitable and Adequate Funding and Teacher Quality is Not an Either-Or choice!”

Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness

Here’s a little Friday afternoon fun with the updated Census Fiscal Survey data through 2009-2010. I’ve written recently about the national school funding fairness report card, which I work on with colleagues from the Education Law Center. The report card can be found here: http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org/ I also recently wrote a blog post about America’s MostContinue reading “Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness”

Deconstructing Funding Fairness: Comments on the release of our latest report

Today, I, along with colleagues at the Education Law Center released the second round report on school funding fairness which can be found here: http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org We cover much ground in this report and develop what we believe are a useful set of indicators for comparing state school finance systems. In this new version of theContinue reading “Deconstructing Funding Fairness: Comments on the release of our latest report”

Five Ridiculously Reformy “Copy & Paste” Policies & Why They’re Misguided

65 Cent Solution (now defunct?) What is it? It was (thankfully this one is pretty much dead!) a policy proposal being pitched in the mid-2000s which would require, through state mandate/legislation or regulation, that local public school districts show on paper that they spend 65% of their total budgets on “instruction.” The argument was thatContinue reading “Five Ridiculously Reformy “Copy & Paste” Policies & Why They’re Misguided”

New Jersey Charter Data Roundup: A look at the 2010-11 Report Cards

Here’s a quick run-down on the 2010-11 New Jersey School Report Card data on charter schools. No-one else is putting out decent summaries of this stuff, so I feel obligated to revisit these data periodically. They don’t change much over time. But those older blog posts get buried over time. So, here we go. Let’sContinue reading “New Jersey Charter Data Roundup: A look at the 2010-11 Report Cards”

The Commonwealth Triple-Screw: Special Education Funding & Charter School Payments in Pennsylvania

This post is the second in a series (of unknown number) focusing on how states harm local public school districts through illogical, ill-conceived state school finance systems and components of those systems. One goal of this post is to illustrate the types of problems/manipulations that exist in state school finance systems, how they work, andContinue reading “The Commonwealth Triple-Screw: Special Education Funding & Charter School Payments in Pennsylvania”

America’s Most Screwed City Schools: Where are the least fairly funded city districts?

Contrary to reformy wisdom regarding spending bubbles… the harmlessness …. oh wait… the benefits of spending cuts… and the fact that we all know as a reformy fact that we’ve already dumped plenty of money into our high need districts nationwide – it turns out that there actually are still some school districts out thereContinue reading “America’s Most Screwed City Schools: Where are the least fairly funded city districts?”