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Five Steps to Cagebusting Relinquishment and the Suburban School District of the Future!

May 4, 2015


As I explained in my previous post, relinquishment in the form of “chartering” has taught us much about how to “fix” urban school districts. But why should urban districts be the only ones to benefit from the wisdom of emergent “disruptive” models of school organization? Here, I provide an overview/preview of what may eventually become […]

Chartering for Thee [& all that comes with it] but Not for Me?

May 2, 2015


I’m currently in the middle of several research projects which, as they sit on my plate, are not directly related, but intersect. In one set of projects, I have worked with colleagues Preston Green and Joseph Oluwole to better understand how the increasingly complex public-private structures emerging in the charter school sector alter the rights […]

What about those high income families that opted out long before the school year started?

April 22, 2015


Pro-Annual Testing of Everyone pundits are all in a tizzy about Opt-Out. In their view, parents who opt out are severely compromising accountability for our public education system. They are eroding the public interest in the most selfish possible way. What seems to irk these pundits as much as anything is the possibility that the […]

Friday Graphs: Bad Teachers? or Bad Policy & Crappy Measures in New York?

April 17, 2015

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A while back, I wrote this post explaining the problems of using measures of student achievement growth to try to sort out “where the bad teachers go.” The gist of the post was to explain that when we have estimates of student achievement growth linked to teachers, and when those estimates show that average growth […]

Relinquishing Efficiency: NOLA Data Snapshots

April 15, 2015

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There’s always plenty of bluster about the post-Katrina NOLA miracle. I’ve done a few posts on the topic, but none recently. See: Thoughts on NJ Failure Factories and NOLA Miracles New Orleans, Race & School Locations The NOLA model of “relinquishment” continues to be pitched as a handy-dandy reformy solution for dismantling the dysfunctional urban […]

NYSED Recommends “Teacher Effectiveness Gnomes” to Fix Persistent Inequities

April 14, 2015


I guess I knew that when ED released their “teacher equity” regs late fall of 2014, that we were in for a whole lot of stupid. You see, there was some good in those regulations and the data released to accompany them. There was discussion of teacher salary and qualifications parity, and some financial measures […]

Angry Andy’s not so generous state aid deal: A look at the 2015-16 Aid Runs in NY

April 2, 2015

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Not much time to write about this, but I finally got my hands on the state aid runs for NY state school districts which were, in an unprecedented and utterly obnoxious move by the Gov, held hostage throughout the budget “negotiations” (if we can call  it that). Quick review – NY operates a state aid […]


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