Filling our Nation’s Funding Gaps

Mark Weber, Matt Di Carlo and I have a new report, with data and visualizations available over at schoolfinancedata.org. For that project, we take advantage of two major data sources to estimate a “cost model” for public school districts in the United States – specifically with the goal of estimating the per pupil costs (spending,Continue reading “Filling our Nation’s Funding Gaps”

A few thoughts on School Funding and Pandemic Relief

I keep getting asked the same questions regarding my thoughts on the current stimulus proposals for schools. So here’s a quick attempt at summarizing my thoughts. The pandemic has had at least three different types of effects on school funding, which in turn, require specific, separate policy responses. First, the pandemic has highlighted the needContinue reading “A few thoughts on School Funding and Pandemic Relief”

Getting School Finance Indicators Right

Our data and reports can be found at: http://schoolfinancedata.org/ A few years back, Mark Weber and I decided (for a variety of reasons) that we needed to regain control over our school finance indicators work. We needed to find competent collaborators who would support our desire to continuously improve the quality and integrity of theContinue reading “Getting School Finance Indicators Right”

Fixing Connecticut School Finance: The Time is Now

 with Rob Cotto Jr. & Preston Green III Also available at: https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/fixing-connecticut-school-finance-the-time-is-now/ The COVID pandemic has laid bare the extent of inequalities across Connecticut’s cities, towns and school districts and the children and families they serve. Connecticut has long been one of our nation’s most racially and economically segregated states, while also one of theContinue reading “Fixing Connecticut School Finance: The Time is Now”

On Private Schools and Discrimination: Response to Hechinger Report Editorial Note

Original Op Ed (in response to this post, a new note has been added to our op ed and the original offending note removed) Preston C. Green III I am writing this post to alert my fellow professors about a situation I recently encountered after publishing a piece with the Hechinger Institute. This organization approachedContinue reading “On Private Schools and Discrimination: Response to Hechinger Report Editorial Note”

On Teachers & Teacher Bashing

Over a year after the teacher uprisings, with the start of this school year, we are finally seeing some new national news coverage of the teacher workforce: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-we-have-failed-our-teachers/ Certainly, lagging compensation is a major issue. Teacher wages have plummeted over time with respect to similarly educated (weekly) non-teacher wages. The share of economic capacity spentContinue reading “On Teachers & Teacher Bashing”

School Facilities Matter! In so many ways (how could they not?)

This post contains a brief summary on the importance of equitable and adequate school facilities – a topic unfortunately missing from my 2018 book. So here it is: I begin with a conceptual model of how investments in school facilities influence working conditions, employee (specifically teacher) attitudes and behaviors, student outcomes, including physical health andContinue reading “School Facilities Matter! In so many ways (how could they not?)”

Toward a Consensus Approach to Evaluating State School Finance Systems! (and dumping the others!)

Over the past decade, there has been an emerging consensus regarding state school finance systems, money and schools. That consensus is supported by a growing body of high-quality empirical research regarding the importance of equitable and adequate financing for providing quality schooling to all children. As guideposts for this new and improved annual report onContinue reading “Toward a Consensus Approach to Evaluating State School Finance Systems! (and dumping the others!)”

WHAT SHOULD WE REALLY LEARN FROM NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE STORM?

Full Review: https://networkforpubliceducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BBaker.NPE_.NOLA_.pdf SUMMARY In July of 2018, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans released a comprehensive, summative longitudinal report on the effects on student outcomes of the package of reforms implemented in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005. The following policy brief reviews the findings of this recent reportContinue reading “WHAT SHOULD WE REALLY LEARN FROM NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE STORM?”