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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 […]

Angry Andy’s Failing Schools & the Finger of Blame

February 27, 2015


NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has released a report in which it identifies what it refers to in bold type on the cover as “Failing Schools.” Report here: Presumably, these are the very schools on which Angy Andy would like to impose death penalties – or so he has opined in the past. The […]

Families for Excellent Schools Totally Bogus Analysis of NYC Schools

February 3, 2015

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Families for Excellent Schools of New York – the Don’t Steal Possible folks – has just released an impossibly stupid analysis in which they claim that New York City is simply throwing money at failure. Spending double on failing schools what they do on totally awesome ones (if they really have any awesome ones). A […]

Ed Writers – Try looking beyond propaganda & press releases for success stories

January 30, 2015


UPDATED 2/5/2015 I enter into this blog post knowing full well that this is a lose-lose deal.  Rating and comparing school quality, effectiveness or efficiency with existing publicly available data is, well, difficult if not impossible. But I’m going there in this post. Why? Well, one reason I’m going there is that I’m sick of […]

More Money, More Money, More Money? Have we really ever tried sustained, targeted school funding for America’s neediest children?

January 27, 2015

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I’m no-longer surprised these days by the belligerent wrongness of rhetoric around school funding equity and adequacy. Arguably, much of the supporting rationale for the current (and other recent) education reforms is built on the house of cards that when it comes to financing equitably and adequately our public school systems – especially those serving […]

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: […]

The Subgroup Scam & Testing Everyone Every Year

January 16, 2015


This post is a follow up to my previous post in which I discussed the misguided arguments for maintaining a system of annual standardize testing of all students. In my post, I skipped over one argument that seems to be pretty common among the beltway pundits. I skipped this argument largely because the point is […]


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