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Where are the most economically disproportionate charter schools? (& why does it matter?) UPDATED

November 27, 2013

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Updated:  It seems that Mike Petrilli on Twitter takes issue with my reference to these schools below as “segregated.” In his view, if a city includes some charter schools that have more of a 50/50 balance of low income and non-low income kids, those are the integrated schools, even if they achieve their balance by […]

Comments on NJ’s Teacher Evaluation Report & Gross Statistical Malfeasance

November 25, 2013

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A while back, in a report from the NJDOE, we learned that outliers are all that matters. They are where life’s important lessons lie! Outliers can provide proof that poverty doesn’t matter. Proof that high poverty schools – with a little grit and determination – can kick the butts of low poverty schools. We were […]

A few quick thoughts and graphs on Mis-NAEP-ery

November 8, 2013

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Update: Here are a bunch of additional graphs relating Students First Report Card grades with unadjusted and adjusted NAEP Gains (hint – it’s the adjusted gains that matter since low performing states are able to post bigger gains, and also generally received higher grades from Students First). Mis_naep_ery9 Yesterday gave us the release of the […]

Failure is in the Eye of the Political Hack: Thoughts & Data on NJ Failure Factories & NOLA Miracles

November 5, 2013

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We all know… by the persistent blather emanating from reformy-land that some common truths exist in education policy. Among those truths are that New Jersey’s urban public school districts are absolute, undeniable Failure Factories, while New Orleans’ Post-Katrina charter invasion is the future of greatness in public (well, not really public) education – the ultimate […]

Charter Schools & the Public Good: Jersey City Version

November 4, 2013

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As I’ve discussed in several recent posts, I’m increasingly concerned with how charter school expansion has played out both in our cities and in our suburbs. My one post that perhaps best captures my overarching concerns is here. It seems that increasingly, no matter where I look, my worst fears are realized. As I’ve explained […]

NJ Education Spending & the Collapse of Equity [Update]

November 4, 2013

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A while back, I wrote this post on the collapse of educational equity in New Jersey. A few years back, I wrote this post to try to clear up the multitude of falsehoods I kept hearing about New Jersey taxes and spending. Well… not much time to write a great deal of explanatory text today… […]