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The Post-Equity Era in School Finance

December 30, 2013


I’ve written a few posts in recent months where I’ve raised concern about the apparent complete disregard (& outright ignorance) for the role of equitable and adequate financing of our public schools. The bottom line is that providing for a high quality, equitably distributed system of public schooling in the United States requires equitable, adequate […]

Ignorati Honor Roll 2013: Pundit Version

December 26, 2013


As 2013 comes to an end, it’s time to review some of the more ridiculous claims and arguments made by pundits and politicians over the course of the past year. A definition of “Ignorati” is important here: Elites who, despite their power, wealth, or influence, are prone to making serious errors when discussing science and […]

On Short-Term Memory & Statistical Ineptitude: A few reminders regarding NAEP TUDA results

December 19, 2013


Nothin’ brings out good ol’ American statistical ineptitude like the release of NAEP or PISA data.  Even more disturbing is the fact that the short time window between the release of state level NAEP results and city level results for large urban districts permits the same mathematically and statistically inept pundits to reveal their complete […]

Racial Disparities in NY State Aid Shortfalls

December 13, 2013


Yesterday, Ed Law Prof Blog posted an update about the Office of Civil Rights complaint to be filed by Schenectady School District claiming that shortfalls in New York State aid fall disparately by student race. I’ve reported on numerous occasions on this blog the patterns of disparity in New York State funding. I actually hadn’t […]

Petrilli’s Hammer & the poverty has nothing to do with PISA argument

December 4, 2013


Mike Petrilli over at TB Fordham has made his case for why differences in national economic context do little to substantively explain variations in PISA scores. He frames his argument in terms of Occam’s Razor, as if to sound well informed, deeply intellectual and setting the stage to share profound logical argument, summarized as follows: […]

Graph of the Day: My contribution to PISA Palooza

December 3, 2013


With today’s release of PISA data it is once again time for wild punditry, mass condemnation of U.S. public schools and a renewed sense of urgency to ram through ill-conceived, destructive policies that will make our school system even more different from those breaking the curve on PISA. With that out of the way, here’s […]