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Friday Story Time: Deconstructing the Cycle of Reformy Awesomeness

October 25, 2013


Once upon a time, there was this totally awesome charter school in Newark, NJ. It was a charter school so awesome that its leaders and founders and all of their close friends decided they must share their miracle with the world in books on the reasons for their awesomeness, including being driven by data and […]

Pauvre, Pauvre NYC Charter Schools?

October 8, 2013


There’s nothing really new in this post. I’m just revisiting data and figures that I’ve addressed over and over in this blog – drawn from this report and this conference paper. I’m reposting this information because many seem to quickly forget or totally ignore what we already know and the current debate over whether the […]

Revisiting the Complexities of Charter Funding Comparisons

April 17, 2013


This Education Week Post today rather uncritically summarized a recently published article based on an earlier report on charter school spending “gaps.” I’ve not had a chance to dig into this updated study yet, but the Ed Week post also referred to an earlier study from Ball State University which I have critiqued on multiple […]

The Non-reformy Lessons of KIPP

March 1, 2013


We’ve all now had a few days to digest the findings of the most recent KIPP middle school mega-study. I actually do have some quibbles with the analyses themselves and the presentation of them, one of which I’ll address below, but others I’ll set aside for now.  It is the big picture lessons that are […]

What does the New York City Charter School Study from CREDO really tell us?

February 25, 2013


With the usual fanfare, we were all blessed last week with yet another study seeking to inform us all that charteryness in-and-of-itself is preferential over traditional public schooling – especially in NYC! In yet another template-based pissing match (charter vs. district) design study, the Stanford Center for Research on Educational Outcomes provided us with aggregate […]

From Portfolios to Parasites: The Unfortunate Path(ology) of U.S. Charter School Policy

February 16, 2013


I recall several years ago attending an initial organizing meeting for a special interest group on Charter Schools at the American Educational Research Association. Note to outsiders – AERA has several special interest groups, some research oriented, some advocacy oriented…  many somewhere in between. These are member organized groups and many are very small. If […]

When Dummy Variables aren’t Smart Enough: More Comments on the NJ CREDO Study

December 3, 2012


This is  a brief follow up on the NJ CREDO study, which I wrote about last week when it was released. The major issues with that study were addressed in my previous post, but here, I raise an additional non-trivial issue that plagues much of our education policy research. The problems I raise today not […]