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Public Goods & the Money Belongs to the Child Fallacy (in tweets)

March 28, 2017

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Challenging "dollars belong to the child, not the system" argument. (Tax)$$ provided by society to serve pub interest 1/ #publicgoodsmatter — Bruce Baker (@SchlFinance101) December 23, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Society (Tax $$) provides for the mix of public goods and services that make for a “better” society 2/ #publicgoodsmatter — Bruce Baker (@SchlFinance101) December 23, 2016 […]

Thoughts on Junk Indicators, School Rating Systems & Accountability

January 2, 2017

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Over the past few years, co-authors Preston Green and Joseph Oluwole and I have written a few articles on the use, misuse and abuse of student growth metrics for evaluating teachers and for imposing employment consequences based on those metrics. Neither of our previous articles addressed the use of even more nonsensical status and status […]

The Charter School Company Store

December 12, 2016

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About a year ago, I released this report: http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/charter-revenue In which Gary Miron and I discuss various methods by which charter school operators work largely within existing policy constraints, to achieve financial gain. While working on this report, I explored various other topics that did not make the final cut, in part because I was […]

On the Relative Efficiency of New Jersey Public School Districts

August 2, 2016

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Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
PDF of Brief: Baker.Weber.NJEfficiency_8_2_16 Bruce D. Baker Mark Weber Contrary to current political rhetoric, New Jersey’s least efficient producers of student achievement gains are not the state’s large former Abbott districts – largely poor urban districts that benefited most in terms of state aid increases resulting from…

Picture Post Friday: Newark Charter School Data Update

July 8, 2016

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I haven’t revisited the Newark charter school data in a while now. Here are my most recent cuts at the most recent available data: First, DEMOGRAPHICS of District and Charter Schools RED bars indicate CHARTER schools. Blue are other Newark Schools. North Star highlighted w/diagonal pattern as it has been the subject of recent twitter/blog […]

How Fair is the “Fairness Formula” for New Jersey School Children & Taxpayers?

June 29, 2016

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Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
Mark Weber, PhD Student, Rutgers Graduate School of Education Ajay Srikanth, PhD Student, Rutgers Graduate School of Education PDF Policy Brief: Weber.Srikanth.FairnessFormula.June_30 Executive Summary This brief provides a first look at the “Fairness Formula,” Chris Christie’s school tax reform plan. In this analysis, we show: The “Fairness…

New Report: Why most international comparisons of spending & outcomes are total BS!

June 8, 2016

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New Report: http://www.shankerinstitute.org/resource/deconstructing-myth-american-public-schooling-inefficiency Here’s the summary: In this paper, we begin by classifying the arguments that assert American schools are relatively inefficient into two categories: the long-term trend argument and the international comparison argument. Our focus herein is on the latter of these two. We then describe two frameworks for approaching either of these arguments: […]