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On School Finance Equity & Money Matters: A Primer

March 1, 2015

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Conceptions of Equity, Equal Opportunity and Adequacy Reforms across the nation to state school finance systems have been focused on simultaneously achieving equal educational opportunity and educational adequacy. While achieving and maintaining educational adequacy requires a school finance system that consistently and equitably meets a certain level of educational outcomes, it is important to maintain […]

Thoughts on Elite Private Independent Schools and Public Education Reforms

January 6, 2014


I was informed by my brilliant and thoughtful cousin Bill the other day that on Jan 6-7 in Washington, DC., John Chubb, the new head of the National Association of Independent Schools is convening what he refers to as a Prominent Research Gathering, described here: NAIS will convene leading economists and educational research professionals with […]

Smoky Mountain Smokescreen: A Tennessee Story

August 22, 2013


My last post was about the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s role in starving the Philadelphia school district into submission. The failure by deprivation of the city district has now been used as a basis for blaming the district and its employees – primarily teachers, for that failure. Of course, once the district has been quietly squeezed […]

The Disturbing Inequities of the New Normal

June 5, 2013


I wrote a post a while back, providing an overview of the basics of state school finance formulas, reforms and why they matter. I revisit this post having how conducted more extensive analysis of the retreat from school funding equity over the period from 2005 through 2011 (most recent available federal school finance data). Let’s […]

Data, Data, Data? Dissecting & Debunking NJDOE’s State of the Schools Message

September 21, 2012


Time again for an NJ State of the Schools Address, as reported HERE in NJ Spotlight (with absolutely no critical question/reporting whatsoever! More or less spoon fed regurgitation). As I’ve written a number of times on this blog, state officials in New Jersey have decided on specific marketing/messaging plan in order to support current policy […]

Moneyball, Superman, Angry Royals Fans and Education Reform?

July 11, 2012


These past few days have been interesting, as I’ve followed more than usual, the festivities around the Major League Baseball All Star Game. I’ve followed the festivities in part because the game was in Kansas City this year and I lived in the Kansas City ‘burbs for 11 years up until 2008. I’m an east […]

Friday Finance 101: School Finance Formula & Money Matters Basics

July 6, 2012


Modern state school finance formulas – aid distribution formulas – typically strive (but fail) to achieve two simultaneous objectives: 1) accounting for differences in the costs of achieving equal educational opportunity across schools and districts, and 2) accounting for differences in the ability of local public school districts to cover those costs. Local district ability […]

Real Reform versus Fake Reformy Distractions: More Implications from NJ & MA for CT!

April 15, 2012

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Recently, I responded to an absurd and downright disturbing Op-Ed by a Connecticut education reform organization that claimed that Connecticut needed to move quickly to adopt teacher evaluation/tenure reforms and expand charter schooling because a) Connecticut has a larger achievement gap and lower outcomes for low income students than Massachusetts or New Jersey and b) […]

SB24 won’t solve CT’s real Teacher Equity Problems

March 26, 2012


Connecticut’s SB 24 appears to be little more than boilerplate reformy legislation which, like similar legislation in other states, creates a massive smokescreen concealing the very real problems facing Connecticut school districts. I addressed in a previous post my concern that SB24’s emphasis on charter expansion as a solution for high poverty districts is misguided, […]

About those Dice… Ready, Set, Roll! On the VAM-ification of Tenure

March 1, 2012


A while back I wrote a post (and here) in which I explained that the relatively high error rates in Value-added modeling might make it quite difficult for teachers to get tenure under some newly adopted and other proposed guidelines and much easier to lose it, even after waiting years to get lucky [& yes […]


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