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In Connecticut, Where There’s a Reformy Con, There’s a CAN!

March 7, 2013


I was intrigued a few days ago when I saw this headline in my news alerts regarding school funding. Headline: Report: Funding helps low-performing school districts I was particularly intrigued because the headline comes from a Connecticut newspaper where I am fully aware that the state really hasn’t done crap to substantively increase resources for […]

School Finance Illiteracy Reaches New Low! (But it was the NY Post?)

March 7, 2013


Okay, it’s not entirely surprising to find mind-boggling ignorance conveyed in the editorial pages of the New York Post. Today’s example comes to us in an Op-Ed written in response to a report released by the Alliance for Quality Education. Usually, I’d just let it pass. It’s the Post after all. But, for two important […]

Civics 101: School Finance Formulas & the Limits of Executive Authority

March 2, 2013


This post addresses a peculiar ongoing power grab in New Jersey involving the state school finance formula. The balance of power between state legislatures and the executive branch varies widely across states, but this New Jersey example may prove illustrative for others as well.  This post may make more sense if you take the time […]

The Non-reformy Lessons of KIPP

March 1, 2013


We’ve all now had a few days to digest the findings of the most recent KIPP middle school mega-study. I actually do have some quibbles with the analyses themselves and the presentation of them, one of which I’ll address below, but others I’ll set aside for now.  It is the big picture lessons that are […]