The Dramatic Retreat from Funding Equity in New Jersey: Evidence from the Census Fiscal Survey

I have explained in numerous previous posts how New Jersey is among those states that operates a reasonably progressive state school finance system, that New Jersey, throughout the 1990s and early 2000s put the effort into disrupting the relationship between local community income and school spending. And, during that period, New Jersey’s low income studentsContinue reading “The Dramatic Retreat from Funding Equity in New Jersey: Evidence from the Census Fiscal Survey”

Follow-up: Title I Funding DOES NOT Make Rich States Richer!

In one of my earliest posts, I took on a myth created and shared by many DC Think Tanks that the Title I funding formula inappropriately favors “rich states” and school districts in urban areas. This myth has its origins in a handful of policy papers and poorly constructed analyses, some of which eventually madeContinue reading “Follow-up: Title I Funding DOES NOT Make Rich States Richer!”

I don’t know anything about them, but they suck! Reformy thoughts on Ed Schools

It all started here, when Ben Riley of NSVF suggested that comments from Finnish Ed Guru Pasi Sahlberg (hero of the anti-reformers) regarding teacher preparation in Finland (and elsewhere) meant that the U.S. really needed to start shutting down teacher preparation programs. Benjamin Riley ‏@benjaminjriley 1hDon’t look now, but I think Finnish edu-guru @pasi_sahlberg isContinue reading “I don’t know anything about them, but they suck! Reformy thoughts on Ed Schools”

Most Screwed Local Public School Districts Update 2009-2011

Here it is – my annual update of America’s most screwed school districts. This time, for stability purposes, I’ve used a 3-year average based on 2009-2011 data (2011 data being released earlier this week). As I’ve explained in my previous posts on this topic (from last year’s post on screwed districts)… It’s important to understandContinue reading “Most Screwed Local Public School Districts Update 2009-2011”

The Death of Private Schools is Greatly Exaggerated (& Misrepresented!)

As I’ve explained on previous posts, specific to New Jersey, claims of the dying private sector in education are grossly over exaggerated. These days, such claims are often over exaggerated with the purpose of framing some broad policy interest in supporting private schools. That is, some need for immediate public policy attention to the problemContinue reading “The Death of Private Schools is Greatly Exaggerated (& Misrepresented!)”

Class Size & Funding Inequity in NY State & NY City

New York State repeatedly makes the top of our list of most INEQUITABLE state school finance systems in our National Report Card. http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org/National_Report_Card_2012.pdf Further, NY State was acknowledged in a report I prepared last year, with colleague Sean Corcoran of NYU, identifying states that are both generally inequitable and that actually exacerbate those inequities throughContinue reading “Class Size & Funding Inequity in NY State & NY City”

Civics 101? Center for Ed Reform’s Bizarre Understanding of Civics & the Law

PDF of original CER response to LA court ruling: Louisiana High Court Violates Parent Rights (in case they revise/retract) Now I know that the last thing reformy types really want to think about – to bother themselves with – is a basic understanding of law, civics and the structure of American government. All  that stuffContinue reading “Civics 101? Center for Ed Reform’s Bizarre Understanding of Civics & the Law”

Follow up Question Guide for Ed Writers (on Teacher Evaluation)

I was reviewing the past few days of news coverage on NJ teacher evaluations and came across the following quote, which was not-so-amazingly left unchallenged: Cerf said research shows test scores are “far and away” the best gauge of teacher effectiveness, and to not use test score data would be “very anti-child.” http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/05/state_board_of_education_adjus.html Here’s aContinue reading “Follow up Question Guide for Ed Writers (on Teacher Evaluation)”

Deconstructing Disinformation on Student Growth Percentiles & Teacher Evaluation in New Jersey

CROSS-POSTED FROM: http://njedpolicy.wordpress.com/ Deconstructing Disinformation on Student Growth Percentiles & Teacher Evaluation in New Jersey (Printable Policy Brief): SGP_Disinformation_BakerOluwole Bruce D. Baker, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education Joseph Oluwole, Montclair State University Introduction This brief addresses problems with, and disinformation about New Jersey’s Student Growth Percentile (SGP) measures which are proposed by New JerseyContinue reading “Deconstructing Disinformation on Student Growth Percentiles & Teacher Evaluation in New Jersey”