Inexcusable Inequalities! This is NOT the post funding equity era!

I’ve heard it over and over again from reformy pundits. Funding equity? Been there done that. It doesn’t make a damn bit of difference. It’s all about teacher quality! (which of course has little or nothing to do with funding equity?).  The bottom line is that equitable and adequate financing of schools is a NECESSARYContinue reading “Inexcusable Inequalities! This is NOT the post funding equity era!”

Resource Deprivation in High Need Districts? (& CAP’s goofy ROI)

This post provides a follow-up on two seemingly unrelated topics, both of which can be traced back to the Center for American Progress. First, there was that wonderful little Return on Investment indicator series that CAP did a while back. Second, there’s the frequent, anecdotal argument that creeps into CAP/Ed Trust and AEI conversations thatContinue reading “Resource Deprivation in High Need Districts? (& CAP’s goofy ROI)”

More expensive than what? A quick comment on CAP’s CSR report

The Center for American Progress today release a report on class size reduction authored by Matthew Chingos, who has conducted a handful of recent interesting studies on the topic. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/04/pdf/class_size.pdf This report reads more or less like a manifesto against class size reduction as a strategy for improving school quality and student outcomes. I’ll admitContinue reading “More expensive than what? A quick comment on CAP’s CSR report”

School Funding Equity Smokescreens: A note to the Equity Commission

In this blog post, I summarize a number of issues I’ve addressed in the past. In my previous post, I discussed general reformy myths about school spending. In this post, I address smokescreens commonly occurring in DC beltway rhetoric about school funding equity and adequacy. School funding is largely a state and local issue, whereContinue reading “School Funding Equity Smokescreens: A note to the Equity Commission”

If it doesn’t work, don’t do it! CAP’s ROI

The Center for American Progress released its new Return on Investment (ROI) Index for K-12 public school districts of greater than 250 students this week. I should note in advance that I had the opportunity to provide advice on this project early on, and occasionally thereafter and I do believe that at least some involvedContinue reading “If it doesn’t work, don’t do it! CAP’s ROI”

NCTQ: We’re sure it will work! Even if research says it doesn’t!

Last spring, I had the pleasure of presenting on teacher labor market research in the same conference session in which a very interesting paper on mutual consent teacher contract changes was also presented (by Bethany Gross). This paper is a product of an organization I’ve poked fun at in the past (Center for Reinventing PublicContinue reading “NCTQ: We’re sure it will work! Even if research says it doesn’t!”

Research, Schmresearch – CAP’s misguided analysis… AGAIN!

Center for American Progress has just released a new report titled Comparable, Schmomperable which argues that within-district disparities are the major equity problem of the day. As I have noted previously, I agree that within-district inequities in schooling resources including teacher quality are a concern – A major concern. However, to ignore and brush asideContinue reading “Research, Schmresearch – CAP’s misguided analysis… AGAIN!”

Ed Trust Getting Loopy Again

Education Trust has released another BIG statement about an issue that I would argue is a minor distraction – at best. At worst, this issue becomes a major policy distraction, diverting attention from far more significant equity concerns. http://www.edtrust.org/sites/edtrust.org/files/publications/files/Hidden%20Funding%20Gaps_0.pdf Education Trust’s summary bullet points for their new report are as follows: Federal law permits hiddenContinue reading “Ed Trust Getting Loopy Again”

CAP’s Title I Myth

I just read a copy of “Spoonful of Sugar” from Center for American Progress in which they again propose fixes to Title I funding, which I have pointed out in the past are based on misguided assumptions and analyses (or lack thereof). Please see my previous analysis here: https://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/title-i-does-not-make-rich-states-richer/ The authors of this “spoonful” note:Continue reading “CAP’s Title I Myth”

Racial Achievement Gaps and Within-District Funding Inequity

I’ve written on this blog on a number of occasions, comments regarding the relative significance of within versus between district funding inequities. For example, I’ve explained (in response to an absurd claim by pundits from Education Trust) that southern states have not, in fact, substantively resolved between district funding disparities – leaving only district allocationContinue reading “Racial Achievement Gaps and Within-District Funding Inequity”