Ed Waivers, Junk Rating Systems & Misplaced Blame: Case 1 – New York State

I hope over the next several months to compile a series of posts where I look at what states have done to achieve their executive granted waivers from federal legislation. Yeah… let’s be clear here, that all of this starts with an executive decision to ignore outright, undermine intentionally and explicitly, federal legislation. Yeah… thatContinue reading “Ed Waivers, Junk Rating Systems & Misplaced Blame: Case 1 – New York State”

What do the available data tell us about NYC charter school teachers & their jobs?

This post is about rolling out some of the left over data I have from my various endeavors this summer.  These data include data from New York State personnel master files (PMFs) linked to New York City public schools and charter schools, NYC teacher value-added scores, and various bits of data on New York CityContinue reading “What do the available data tell us about NYC charter school teachers & their jobs?”

Helicopters can improve minority college attendance & other misguided policy implications: Comments on the Brookings “Voucher” Study

Here’s my quick response to the Brookings report released yesterday on the long term effects of vouchers on a randomized pool of participants in New York City. Let’s say I conducted a study in which I rented a fleet of helicopters and used those helicopters to, on a daily basis, transport a group of randomlyContinue reading “Helicopters can improve minority college attendance & other misguided policy implications: Comments on the Brookings “Voucher” Study”

Parsing Poverty: Charter Market Segmentation across & Within U.S. Cities

Late Thursday, I posted a follow up on the distribution of children with disabilities by disability classification across charter and district schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This post explores the distribution of children who qualify for free lunch in charter schools and district schools within the city limits of major cities. Note that theContinue reading “Parsing Poverty: Charter Market Segmentation across & Within U.S. Cities”

Parsing Charter School Disability Enrollments in PA and NJ

Here are a few quick figures that parse the disability classifications of children with disabilities served by charter schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two previous posts set the stage for this comparison. In one, I explained how charter schools in the city of Newark, NJ, by taking on fewer low income students, far fewerContinue reading “Parsing Charter School Disability Enrollments in PA and NJ”

Still Searching for Miracle Schools and Superguy: Updates on Houston and New York City

I was following a conversation on Twitter a short while back in which one student activist – Stephanie Rivera of Rutgers asked another – Alexis Morin from Students for Education Reform – why SFER chooses to focus almost exclusively on charter schools as beacons of “success” and thus a significant part of the “solutions” forContinue reading “Still Searching for Miracle Schools and Superguy: Updates on Houston and New York City”

The Gulen Charter School Teacher Supply Problem

There’s been some increased interest in recent months in what are often referred to as Gulen Charter Schools, or those schools affiliated with Fethullah Gulen. I’ve tried to stay off of this topic for the most part because I don’t like to write about “conspiracy theories” or even potentially inflammatory religious/cultural issues – at leastContinue reading “The Gulen Charter School Teacher Supply Problem”

Friday Finance 101: On Parfaits & Property Taxes

Public preference for property taxes stands in perfect inverse relation to the public taste for parfaits. Everybody loves parfaits[i] and everybody hates property taxes.[ii] No, I don’t plan to spend this blog post bashing parfaits. I do like a good parfait. But, even more blasphemous, I intend to shed light on some of the virtuesContinue reading “Friday Finance 101: On Parfaits & Property Taxes”

Poverty Counts & School Funding in New Jersey

NJ Spotlight today posted a story on upcoming Task Force deliberations and public hearings over whether the state should continue to target funding in its school finance formula to local districts on the basis of counts of children qualifying for free or reduced priced lunch.  That is, kids from families who fall below the 185%Continue reading “Poverty Counts & School Funding in New Jersey”

Effects of Charter Enrollment on Newark District Enrollment

In numerous previous posts I have summarized New Jersey charter school enrollment data, frequently pointing out that the highest performing charter schools in New Jersey tend to be demographically very different from schools in their surrounding neighborhoods and similar grade level schools throughout their host districts or cities. I have tried to explain over andContinue reading “Effects of Charter Enrollment on Newark District Enrollment”