A Response to “Correcting the Facts about the One Newark Plan: A Strategic Approach To 100 Excellent Schools”

Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
Full report here: Weber.Baker.OneNewarkResponseFINALREVIEW Mark Weber & Bruce Baker On March 11, 2014, the Newark Public Schools (NPS) released a response to our policy brief of January 24, 2014: “An Empirical Critique of One Newark.”[1] Our brief examined the One Newark plan, a proposal by NPS to…

DFER Idiocy on New York School Finance

This may just be among the most ludicrous proclamations I’ve read in quite some time, and it’s brought to us by none other than Dimwits doofuses/doofi? …well something with a “D” For Education Reform: “Contrary to what you may hear from certain special interest groups, the best way to fix our schools is not justContinue reading “DFER Idiocy on New York School Finance”

What really matters? Equitable & Adequate Funding!

Below is a section of a paper I’ve been working on the past few weeks (which will be presented in Philadelphia in April) Some of the content below is also drawn from: http://www.shankerinstitute.org/images/doesmoneymatter_final.pdf =============== Over the past several decades, many states have pursued substantive changes to their state school finance systems, while others have not.Continue reading “What really matters? Equitable & Adequate Funding!”

“One Newark’s” Racially Disparate Impact on Teachers

Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
PDF of Policy Brief: Weber.Baker.Oluwole.Staffing.Report_3_10_2014_FINAL As with our previous One Newark policy brief, this one is too long and complex to post in full as a blog. Below are the executive summary and conclusions and policy recommendations. We encourage you to read the full report at the…

The False Markets of Market Based Reforms

I’ve not spent a great deal of time talking about “corporate reform,” “privatization” or “market based reform,” mainly because I find these labels unproductive and oversimplified. Most of which occurs in our public and private sectors (also a simplification) and provision of public and private goods and services is far more nuanced – well beyondContinue reading “The False Markets of Market Based Reforms”

Clarifications on Charter Rent & Equitable Portfolio Management

Dianne Ravitch today titled her post on my recent Think Tank Review to suggest that I agree with Mayor Bill de Blasio that some charter schools can afford to pay rent. This statement while true as worded, misses the bigger point – how to create a system of equitable opportunities for New York City schoolContinue reading “Clarifications on Charter Rent & Equitable Portfolio Management”