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!”

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”

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”

Education Trust is Flat-Out Wrong!!!!!

Sometimes I just get fed up with information spewed in the media which is simply FLAT OUT WRONG!!!! A  major source of FLAT OUT  WRONG information on school funding related issues these days seems to be the Education Trust, an organization which spins itself as an advocate for minority children and children in poverty. Here’sContinue reading “Education Trust is Flat-Out Wrong!!!!!”

Title I Does NOT make “Rich” states “Richer!”

This is one fly I keep forgetting to swat, but one that has been repeatedly advanced by the Center for American Progress with excessively crude analyses. See: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/08/title1_map.html WOW! Just look at it. Those darn rich states like Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are running away with federal funding that should be targeted toContinue reading “Title I Does NOT make “Rich” states “Richer!””

Ed Trust, DFER and Center for American Progress misguided

Let me start by saying that these are three groups for which I have a good appreciation. But, these groups have allowed much of their education reform agenda to be misguided by bad analyses and the time has come to clear up some major problems with the assumptions that drive many of the policy recommendationsContinue reading “Ed Trust, DFER and Center for American Progress misguided”