UARK Study Shamelessly (& Knowingly) Uses Bogus Measures to Make Charter Productivity Claims

Any good study of the relative productivity and efficiency of charter schools compared to other schools (if such comparisons were worthwhile to begin with) would require precise estimates of comparable financial inputs and outcomes as well as the conditions under which those inputs are expected to yield outcomes. The University of Arkansas Department of EducationContinue reading “UARK Study Shamelessly (& Knowingly) Uses Bogus Measures to Make Charter Productivity Claims”

Chronicles of (the conceptually incoherent & empirically invalid world of) VergarNYa

As with the Vergara case in California, a central claim of the New York City Parents Union is that the presence of statutory tenure protections in New York State leads to a persistent and systematic deprivation of a sound basic education which falls disproportionately on the state’s low income and minority children. Let’s review againContinue reading “Chronicles of (the conceptually incoherent & empirically invalid world of) VergarNYa”

The VergarGuments are Coming to New York State!

And so it goes… The VergarGuments keep-a-comin… spreading their way from California to the Empire State, from Albany to Buffalo. And what are VergarGuments you say? Well, a VergarGument is a fallacious form of legal reasoning applied in the context of state constitutional litigation over causes of inequities and inadequacies of schooling selectively suffered byContinue reading “The VergarGuments are Coming to New York State!”

On “Access to Teacher Quality” as the New Equity Concern

A short while back, the Center for American Progress posted their take-away from the Vergara decision. That takeaway was that equity of teacher quality distribution is the new major concern, or as they framed it Access to Effective Teaching. Certainly, the distribution of teaching quality is important. But let me set the record straight onContinue reading “On “Access to Teacher Quality” as the New Equity Concern”