Learning from Really Bad Graphs & Ill-informed Conclusions: Thoughts on the New PEPG “Catching Up” Report

A new policy paper from Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson & Ludger Woessmann has been receiving considerable attention. This despite numerous completely outlandish assertions drawn from junk charts that fill the pages of this reformy manifesto. Look, I’ve said it before and will say it again. Eric Hanusek has contributed a great deal of high qualityContinue reading “Learning from Really Bad Graphs & Ill-informed Conclusions: Thoughts on the New PEPG “Catching Up” Report”

Moneyball, Superman, Angry Royals Fans and Education Reform?

These past few days have been interesting, as I’ve followed more than usual, the festivities around the Major League Baseball All Star Game. I’ve followed the festivities in part because the game was in Kansas City this year and I lived in the Kansas City ‘burbs for 11 years up until 2008. I’m an eastContinue reading “Moneyball, Superman, Angry Royals Fans and Education Reform?”

Friday Finance 101: School Finance Formula & Money Matters Basics

Modern state school finance formulas – aid distribution formulas – typically strive (but fail) to achieve two simultaneous objectives: 1) accounting for differences in the costs of achieving equal educational opportunity across schools and districts, and 2) accounting for differences in the ability of local public school districts to cover those costs. Local district abilityContinue reading “Friday Finance 101: School Finance Formula & Money Matters Basics”

More thoughts on Charter Punditry & Declarations of Certainty

I’m a little late in pouncing on this one. JerseyJazzMan beat me to the punch with some relevant points.  A short while back, the Wall Street Journal posted an op-ed by Deborah Kenny, CEO of New York based charter chain Harlem Village Academies. Kenny’s op-ed purported to explain why charter schools are successful.  Of course,Continue reading “More thoughts on Charter Punditry & Declarations of Certainty”