“Corporate Reform” or Failed, Desperate Corporate Management?

I suspect there are a lot of readers of my blog and twitter followers who frequently use the phrase “corporate reform” to characterize the current heavily privately financed movement to push specific “reforms” to public education systems.  My readers may not have noticed, but I tend not to use this phrase. I have a fewContinue reading ““Corporate Reform” or Failed, Desperate Corporate Management?”

School Finance 101: Reformy Distractions, Diversions & Smokescreens from What’s Really Needed

This post is a follow up to the previous, and is based on work in progress. ===== We conclude with a discussion of three themes in the current political rhetoric regarding school finance that we see as creating significant barriers to substantive reforms. Three arguments in particular, are pervasive in the broader education reform debate,Continue reading “School Finance 101: Reformy Distractions, Diversions & Smokescreens from What’s Really Needed”

School Finance 101: Gaming Adequacy by Creating a Veneer of Empirical Validity

This post comes from a work in progress… and addresses games states play to validate their choices to spend less than might actually be needed in order to achieve desired outcome standards.  This post will be followed by another which reviews three major smokescreens commonly  used to argue that none of this matters anyway. =====Continue reading “School Finance 101: Gaming Adequacy by Creating a Veneer of Empirical Validity”

An Illustrative Case of the Numbskullery of Evaluating Teacher Preparation by Student Growth Scores

Assumption:  A good teacher preparation program is one that produces teachers whose students achieve high test score gains Relay Graduate School of Education is housed in North Star Academy in Newark, and its course modules are largely provided by relatively inexperienced “champion” teachers within its own network (and in from the school itself).  The programContinue reading “An Illustrative Case of the Numbskullery of Evaluating Teacher Preparation by Student Growth Scores”

A Poverty of Thinking about Poverty Measures in New Jersey School Finance

Cross Posted at http://njedpolicy.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/a-poverty-of-thinking-about-poverty-measures-in-new-jersey-school-finance/ Link to PDF of Policy Brief: Poverty_Counts_July_2013 Bruce D. Baker, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education Introduction Every few years or so, in nearly any state but especially in those where leadership is actively seeking ways to reduced financial support to local public school districts serving lower income children,[1] one canContinue reading “A Poverty of Thinking about Poverty Measures in New Jersey School Finance”

Newark Charter Update: A few new graphs & musings

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about New Jersey Charter schools, so I figured I throw a few new graphs and tables out there. In the not too distant past, I’ve explained: That Newark charter schools in particular, persist in having an overall cream-skimming effect in Newark, creating demographic advantage for themselves andContinue reading “Newark Charter Update: A few new graphs & musings”

Thinking (& Writing) About Education Research & Policy Implications

Education reporters out there… here are a few thoughts for you as you embark on whatever may be your next article pertaining to an education research study. FIRST, do a Google Scholar (easiest lit search around!) search on the topic in question to see what other peer reviewed an non-peer reviewed stuff has been writtenContinue reading “Thinking (& Writing) About Education Research & Policy Implications”