December 30, 2015
Comments Off on Exploring Cross-State Variations in Resources, Outcomes and Gaps
For the past several years now, the Education Law Center of New Jersey and I have been producing a roughly annual report on the state of school finance systems. As that report has evolved, we have taken advantage of publicly available data to construct more and more indicators. Over the next several months, we will […]
December 28, 2015
An eclectic mix of politicians, philanthropists, conservative (and not-so-conservative) think tanks and a select few scholars have, for decades, created an echo chamber for the claim that more money will not help improve America’s schools. The claim is most often backed by two facile evidentiary bases: First, that the U.S. spends far more than other […]
December 18, 2015
Comments Off on Pondering Chartering: On Market Forces & Innovation?
One of the original premises of chartering as a competitive market tool was that introducing independently governed competitors and relaxing regulations on those competitors would induce innovation, which could then be shared for the good of the whole. This premise is flawed on many levels. First, if innovation is to be induced by competition, there […]
December 16, 2015
Comments Off on At the Intersection of Money & Reform Part III: On Cost Functions & the Increased Costs of Higher Outcomes
In my 2012 report Does Money Matter in Education, I addressed the education production function literature that seeks to establish a direct link between resources spent on schools and districts, and outcomes achieved by students. Production function studies include studies of how variation in resources across schools and settings is associated with variations in outcomes […]
December 15, 2015
Comments Off on Pondering Chartering: Getting the incentives right for the good of the whole!
I had a fun chat with EduShyster the other day about my recent report on charter school business practices. It was during the course of that conversation that I articulated some of my major concerns about how we are currently approaching “chartering” as public policy, and, for that matter, academic researchers of chartering as public […]
December 14, 2015
Comments Off on Pondering Chartering: What do we know about administrative and instructional spending?
In a recent report, Gary Miron and I discuss some of the differences in resource allocation practices between Charter operators and district schools. Among other things, we discuss the apparently high administrative expenses of charter operators. But in that same report, we explain that some of these higher administrative expenses, and, as a result lower […]
December 10, 2015
A short while back, I explained how, in our fervor to rapidly expand charter schooling and decrease the role of large urban school districts in serving their resident school-aged populations, we’ve created some particularly ludicrous scenarios whereby, for example – charter school operators use public tax dollars to buy land and facilities that were originally […]