The Efficiency Smokescreen, “Cuts Cause no Harm” Argument & The 3 Kansas Judges who Saw Right Through It!

State school finance litigation is a tedious – often annoying –politically charged process.  Often, school finance litigation involves extensive debate over tedious statistical and other details underlying estimates of how much is should cost for states to meet their constitutional obligations. Too often, it seems, these debates over tedious statistical details serve to distract theContinue reading “The Efficiency Smokescreen, “Cuts Cause no Harm” Argument & The 3 Kansas Judges who Saw Right Through It!”

Friday Ratings Madness: Quality Counts, Students First & Funding Fairness

It’s been a fun week for grading the states. First we had the wacky ratings from Students First which graded states largely on the extent to which they had adopted the preferred policies of that organization. Then we had the old-standard Education Week Quality Counts. When it comes to their finance rating system, little hasContinue reading “Friday Ratings Madness: Quality Counts, Students First & Funding Fairness”

Gates Still Doesn’t Get It! Trapped in a World of Circular Reasoning & Flawed Frameworks

Not much time for a thorough review of the most recent release of the Gates MET project, but here are my first cut comments on the major problems with the report. The take home argument of the report seems to be that their proposed teacher evaluation models are sufficiently reliable for prime time use andContinue reading “Gates Still Doesn’t Get It! Trapped in a World of Circular Reasoning & Flawed Frameworks”

RheeFormy Logic & Goofball Rating Schemes: Comments & Analysis on the Students First State Policy Grades

On Monday, the organization Students First came out with their state policy rankings, just in time to promote their policy agenda in state legislatures across the country. Let’s be clear, Students First’s state policy rankings are based on a list of what Students First thinks states should do. It’s entirely about their political preferences –Continue reading “RheeFormy Logic & Goofball Rating Schemes: Comments & Analysis on the Students First State Policy Grades”