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

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, oneContinue reading “School Labels & Housing Values: Potential consequences of NJDOE’s new arbitrary & capricious school ratings”

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

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 policyContinue reading “Data, Data, Data? Dissecting & Debunking NJDOE’s State of the Schools Message”

Teacher Salaries, Demographics & Financial Disparities in the Chicago Metro

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…Continue reading “Teacher Salaries, Demographics & Financial Disparities in the Chicago Metro”

Ed Waivers, Junk Ratings & Misplaced Blame: Jersey Edition

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 AdministrationContinue reading “Ed Waivers, Junk Ratings & Misplaced Blame: Jersey Edition”

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

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