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Endangering Intelligent Conversation: Comments on the Latest Hanushekian Crisis Manifesto

September 16, 2013


I had the displeasure of coming across this completely ridiculous and deceitful video the other day: Which was created to promote Eric Hanushek’s latest U.S. education crisis manifesto.  Around the 4:12 minute mark, the video jumps from crisis mode to policy solution mode,  telling us how among U.S. States, Florida is a model for […]

At the Intersection of Money & Reform Part III: On Cost Functions & the Increased Costs of Higher Outcomes

December 16, 2015

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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 […]

At the Intersection of Money & Reform Part I: Teacher Compensation

October 30, 2015

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The blogging has been quiet for a while. This is partly because I feel like most issues that arise have already been dealt with somewhere on this blog. Also because I’ve been involved in several, simultaneous, long-term projects. These projects intersect with many topics I’ve addressed previously on this blog. At times, this blog serves […]

Education’s Merchant of Doubt: One man’s deceitful mission to undermine fair and adequate school funding

August 13, 2015


Back in 2012, I opined: “It is hard to imagine a time in the history of American public education when there has been such a widespread political effort to argue that improving the quality of schools has little or nothing to do with the amount of money spent on public education. That is, that money […]

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 […]

How and Why Money Matters in Schools (one more time – updated)

January 20, 2015


This post is taken from a forthcoming report in which I summarize literature related to state school finance reforms and explore relationships between changing distributions of funding and distributions of tangible classroom level resources. The newly released Jackson, Johnson and Persico NBER paper speaks to similar issues and is included in the discussion that follows: […]

Anatomy of Educational Inequality & Why School Funding Matters

September 13, 2014


There continues to be much bluster out there in ed reformy land that money really isn’t all that important – especially for traditional public school districts. That local public schools and districts already have way too much money but use it so inefficiently that any additional dollar would necessarily be wasted. An extension of this […]

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

July 2, 2014


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 on […]

The real path to quality, equitable and adequate schooling (hint – It’s not Vergara!)

June 23, 2014


The blogging has been sparse lately because my head is buried in really cool and important projects these days. My apologies to those anxiously awaiting glib, sarcastic updates and smackdowns on issues such as the Vergara case (where the logical fallacies run wild – more later if I ever get the chance) or the multitude […]

Stronger than the Scorn: How do NJ schools really stack up?

June 3, 2014


This is my end of school year review for New Jersey schools. Indeed much of the data in this post is from years prior. Nonetheless, these data affirm a long standing strong position of New Jersey schools either in the U.S. or international context. On many occasions I’ve pointed out better and worse uses of […]