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“Corporate Reform” or Failed, Desperate Corporate Management?

July 26, 2013

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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 few […]

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

July 23, 2013

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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, […]

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

July 23, 2013

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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. ===== […]

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

July 19, 2013

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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 program […]

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

July 18, 2013

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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 can […]

Newark Charter Update: A few new graphs & musings

July 14, 2013

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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 and […]

Thinking (& Writing) About Education Research & Policy Implications

July 12, 2013

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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 written […]