More Inexcusable Inequalities: New York State in the Post-Funding Equity Era

I did a post a short while back about the fact that there are persistent inequities in state school finance formulas and that those  persistent inequities have real consequences for students’ access to key resources in schools – specifically their access to a rich array of programs, services, courses and other opportunities.  In that postContinue reading “More Inexcusable Inequalities: New York State in the Post-Funding Equity Era”

Inexcusable Inequalities! This is NOT the post funding equity era!

I’ve heard it over and over again from reformy pundits. Funding equity? Been there done that. It doesn’t make a damn bit of difference. It’s all about teacher quality! (which of course has little or nothing to do with funding equity?).  The bottom line is that equitable and adequate financing of schools is a NECESSARYContinue reading “Inexcusable Inequalities! This is NOT the post funding equity era!”

It’s just not funny anymore (and never was): Reflections on educational inequality and generations lost

I’ve been writing this blog since 2009. The initial purpose of the blog was to cut through frequently spewed media bluster about public (and private) schooling. False facts. False premises. Flimsy logic. This blog has often been sarcastic. I’ve tried to use edgy humor to make my points. Some, including my doctoral student Mark Weber,Continue reading “It’s just not funny anymore (and never was): Reflections on educational inequality and generations lost”

Reformy Platitudes & Fact-Challenged Placards won’t Get Connecticut Schools what they Really Need!

For a short while yesterday – more than I would have liked to – I followed the circus of testimony and tweets about proposed education reform legislation in Connecticut. The reform legislation – SB 24 – includes the usual reformy elements of teacher tenure reform, ending seniority preferences, expanding and promoting charter schooling, etc. etc.Continue reading “Reformy Platitudes & Fact-Challenged Placards won’t Get Connecticut Schools what they Really Need!”