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Friday Afternoon Graphs: Graduate Degree Production in Educational Administration 1992 to 2011

September 28, 2012

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I’ll let the pictures tell the story this time. [UPDATED – Errors in original] Data source:

School Labels & Housing Values: Potential consequences of NJDOE’s new arbitrary & capricious school ratings

September 27, 2012

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There exists relatively broad agreement in the empirical literature that perceived quality of local public goods and services – including local public schools – influences significantly the value – as represented in demand/sales prices – of residential property. In other words – perceived school quality affects housing prices and housing values. All else equal, one […]

Data, Data, Data? Dissecting & Debunking NJDOE’s State of the Schools Message

September 21, 2012


Time again for an NJ State of the Schools Address, as reported HERE in NJ Spotlight (with absolutely no critical question/reporting whatsoever! More or less spoon fed regurgitation). As I’ve written a number of times on this blog, state officials in New Jersey have decided on specific marketing/messaging plan in order to support current policy […]

Teacher Salaries, Demographics & Financial Disparities in the Chicago Metro

September 13, 2012


No time to really write much here today, but I do have a few figures to share. I’m posting these mainly because I keep seeing so many ridiculous a-contextual… and in many cases simply wrong statements about Chicago teachers’ salaries.  As I understand it, salaries are not really the main issue in the contract dispute… […]

Ed Waivers, Junk Ratings & Misplaced Blame: Jersey Edition

September 12, 2012


I’ve been writing over the past few weeks about NCLB waivers and the schools that are being targeted by states under the waiver program as targets for federally endorsed state intervention. [all of which is built on highly suspect legal/governance assumptions] My concerns here operate at a number of levels. First, the current Federal Administration […]

Follow up on Ed Waivers, Junk Rating Systems & and Misplaced Blame – New York City’s “Failing” Schools

September 7, 2012

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About a week ago, I put up a post explaining a multitude of concerns I have with the current NCLB waiver process and how it is playing out at the state level. To summarize, what we have here is the executive branch of the federal government coercing state officials to simply ignore existing federal statutes, […]


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