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

August 1, 2011


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 NECESSARY […]

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

May 5, 2011


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 that […]

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

April 14, 2011


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. 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 admit […]

School Funding Equity Smokescreens: A note to the Equity Commission

February 25, 2011


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, where […]

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

January 22, 2011


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 involved […]

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

October 8, 2010


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 Public […]

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

May 31, 2010

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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 aside […]