Stop School Funding Ignorance Now! A Philadelphia Story

On a daily basis, I continue to be befuddled by the ignorant bluster, intellectual laziness and mathematical and financial ineptitude of those who most loudly opine on how to fix America’s supposed dreadful public education system.  Common examples that irk me include taking numbers out context to make them seem shocking, like this Newark exampleContinue reading “Stop School Funding Ignorance Now! A Philadelphia Story”

The Glaring Hypocrisy of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Institution Ratings

I’ve already written about this topic in the past. But, given that NCTQ has just come out with their really, really big new ratings of teacher preparation institutions… with their primary objective of declaring teacher prep by traditional colleges and universities in the U.S. a massive failure, I figured I should once again revisit whyContinue reading “The Glaring Hypocrisy of the NCTQ Teacher Prep Institution Ratings”

Revisiting the Chetty, Rockoff & Friedman Molehill

My kids and I don’t watch enough Phineas and Ferb anymore. Awesome show. I was reminded just yesterday of this great device! This… is the Mountain-Out-Of-A-Molehill-INATOR!  The name is rather self-explanatory – but here’s the official explanation anyway: The Mountain-out-of-a-molehill-inator turns molehills into big mountains. It uses energy pellets to do so. It was createdContinue reading “Revisiting the Chetty, Rockoff & Friedman Molehill”

Rebutting (again) the Persistent Flow of Disinformation on VAM, SGP and Teacher Evaluation

This post is in response to testimony overheard from recent presentations to the New Jersey State Board of Education. For background and more thorough explanations of issues pertaining to the use of Value-added Models and Student Growth Percentiles please see the following two sources: Baker, B.D., Oluwole, J., Green, P.C. III (2013) The legal consequencesContinue reading “Rebutting (again) the Persistent Flow of Disinformation on VAM, SGP and Teacher Evaluation”

The Disturbing Inequities of the New Normal

I wrote a post a while back, providing an overview of the basics of state school finance formulas, reforms and why they matter. I revisit this post having how conducted more extensive analysis of the retreat from school funding equity over the period from 2005 through 2011 (most recent available federal school finance data). Let’sContinue reading “The Disturbing Inequities of the New Normal”