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!”

Logic Gaps in the NJ Ed Reform Debate

Not much time for another full length post today. There are numbers to be crunched. But, I did feel it necessary to clear up a few issues regarding NJ Education Reform proposals, including those laid out yesterday focused on a) reforming teacher evaluation to focus on student assessment data, b) tying evaluation to compensation, tenureContinue reading “Logic Gaps in the NJ Ed Reform Debate”

Dumbest “real” reformy graphs!

So in my previous post I created a set of hypothetical research studies that might be presented at the Reformy Education Research Association annual meeting. In my creation of the hypotheticals I actually tried to stay  pretty close to reality, setting up reasonable tables with information that is actually quite probable.  Now, when we getContinue reading “Dumbest “real” reformy graphs!”

Reformy Disconnect: “Quality Based” RIF?

I addressed this point previously in my post on cost-effectiveness of quality based layoffs, but it was buried deep in the post. Reformers are increasingly calling for quality based layoffs versus seniority based layoffs, as if a simple dichotomy. Sounds like a no brainer when framed in these distorted terms. I pointed out in theContinue reading “Reformy Disconnect: “Quality Based” RIF?”

Stretching Truth, Not Dollars?

This week, Mike Petrilli (TB Fordham Institute) and Marguerite Roza (Gates Foundation) released a “policy brief” identifying 15 ways to “stretch” the school dollar. Presumably, what Petrilli and Roza mean by stretching the school dollar is to find ways to cut spending while either not harming educational outcomes or actually improving them. That goal inContinue reading “Stretching Truth, Not Dollars?”

The problem? Cheerleading and Ceramics, of course!

David Reber with the Topeka Examiner had a great post a while back (April, 2010) addressing the deceptive logic that we should be outraged by supposed exorbitant spending on things like cheerleading and ceramics, and not worry so much about the little things, like disparities between wealthy and poor school districts. I finally saw thisContinue reading “The problem? Cheerleading and Ceramics, of course!”

The Circular Logic of Quality-Based Layoff Arguments

Many pundits are responding enthusiastically to the new LA Times article on quality-based layoffs – or how dismissing teachers based on Value-added scores rather than on seniority would have saved LAUSD many of its better teachers, rather than simply saving its older ones. Some are pointing out that this new LA Times report is theContinue reading “The Circular Logic of Quality-Based Layoff Arguments”

Thought for the day…

Many will consider this blasphemy, but, I’ve been pondering lately: If our best public and private schools are pretty good (perhaps even better than Finland?), And, if the majority (not all, but most) of our best AND our worst public (and private) schools use salary schedules which base teacher compensation primarily on degrees/credits/credentials obtained andContinue reading “Thought for the day…”

Intellectual Pathologies of the Reformy World (Kevin vs. Kevin)

Yesterday, a colleague and coauthor on two recent articles – Kevin Welner (U. of Colorado) – wrote a scathing critique of the manifesto on fixing urban schools that was released last week by several large city superintendents. Kevin Welner’s commentary can be found here: The manifesto can be found here: Kevin Carey notesContinue reading “Intellectual Pathologies of the Reformy World (Kevin vs. Kevin)”