Thoughts on School Funding & Baltimore

There’s been more than a little opportunistic, misguided bloviating about Baltimore in recent weeks, including misguided discussions of and references to per pupil spending in Baltimore City Public Schools. The gist of most claims has been that Baltimore City Schools spend more than most other large (or large urban) districts in the country, but theirContinue reading “Thoughts on School Funding & Baltimore”

Will Kiryas Joel Finally Get its Way? Who really benefits from NY’s “Invest in Ed” Tax Credit?

Tuition tax credit programs establish privately governed entities that provide scholarships, typically to “lower income” families, for their children to attend private schools. The idea is to provide tax credits to corporations and individuals who give money to these tuition scholarship entities. The compelling governmental interest for these policies, as we often hear is thatContinue reading “Will Kiryas Joel Finally Get its Way? Who really benefits from NY’s “Invest in Ed” Tax Credit?”

The Willful Ignorance of the NJ Star Ledger

After having a series of conversations with Star Ledger reporter Julie O’Connor about her desire to write a cover story about how TEAM Academy is producing miracles in Newark, I wrote this post: https://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/ed-writers-try-looking-beyond-propaganda-press-releases-for-success-stories/ The reason for this post is explained in this paragraph: Well, one reason I’m going there is that I’m sick ofContinue reading “The Willful Ignorance of the NJ Star Ledger”

Five Steps to Cagebusting Relinquishment and the Suburban School District of the Future!

As I explained in my previous post, relinquishment in the form of “chartering” has taught us much about how to “fix” urban school districts. But why should urban districts be the only ones to benefit from the wisdom of emergent “disruptive” models of school organization? Here, I provide an overview/preview of what may eventually becomeContinue reading “Five Steps to Cagebusting Relinquishment and the Suburban School District of the Future!”

Chartering for Thee [& all that comes with it] but Not for Me?

I’m currently in the middle of several research projects which, as they sit on my plate, are not directly related, but intersect. In one set of projects, I have worked with colleagues Preston Green and Joseph Oluwole to better understand how the increasingly complex public-private structures emerging in the charter school sector alter the rightsContinue reading “Chartering for Thee [& all that comes with it] but Not for Me?”