On Private Schools and Discrimination: Response to Hechinger Report Editorial Note

Original Op Ed (in response to this post, a new note has been added to our op ed and the original offending note removed) Preston C. Green III I am writing this post to alert my fellow professors about a situation I recently encountered after publishing a piece with the Hechinger Institute. This organization approachedContinue reading “On Private Schools and Discrimination: Response to Hechinger Report Editorial Note”

On Teachers & Teacher Bashing

Over a year after the teacher uprisings, with the start of this school year, we are finally seeing some new national news coverage of the teacher workforce: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-we-have-failed-our-teachers/ Certainly, lagging compensation is a major issue. Teacher wages have plummeted over time with respect to similarly educated (weekly) non-teacher wages. The share of economic capacity spentContinue reading “On Teachers & Teacher Bashing”

School Facilities Matter! In so many ways (how could they not?)

This post contains a brief summary on the importance of equitable and adequate school facilities – a topic unfortunately missing from my 2018 book. So here it is: I begin with a conceptual model of how investments in school facilities influence working conditions, employee (specifically teacher) attitudes and behaviors, student outcomes, including physical health andContinue reading “School Facilities Matter! In so many ways (how could they not?)”

Toward a Consensus Approach to Evaluating State School Finance Systems! (and dumping the others!)

Over the past decade, there has been an emerging consensus regarding state school finance systems, money and schools. That consensus is supported by a growing body of high-quality empirical research regarding the importance of equitable and adequate financing for providing quality schooling to all children. As guideposts for this new and improved annual report onContinue reading “Toward a Consensus Approach to Evaluating State School Finance Systems! (and dumping the others!)”

WHAT SHOULD WE REALLY LEARN FROM NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE STORM?

Full Review: https://networkforpubliceducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BBaker.NPE_.NOLA_.pdf SUMMARY In July of 2018, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans released a comprehensive, summative longitudinal report on the effects on student outcomes of the package of reforms implemented in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005. The following policy brief reviews the findings of this recent reportContinue reading “WHAT SHOULD WE REALLY LEARN FROM NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE STORM?”

It’s just not funny anymore (and never was): Reflections on educational inequality and generations lost

I’ve been writing this blog since 2009. The initial purpose of the blog was to cut through frequently spewed media bluster about public (and private) schooling. False facts. False premises. Flimsy logic. This blog has often been sarcastic. I’ve tried to use edgy humor to make my points. Some, including my doctoral student Mark Weber,Continue reading “It’s just not funny anymore (and never was): Reflections on educational inequality and generations lost”

Beneath the Veil of Newark Charter Productivity

Among the take-home points of our recent review of Newark school reforms are that: Resources, when considering school size, are positively associated with growth; The productivity of large charter operators in Newark – TEAM and North Star in particular – depends on how we treat school size in our models; Jumps in student growth percentilesContinue reading “Beneath the Veil of Newark Charter Productivity”

Newark’s Schools: The Facts

Full Policy Brief: Baker.Weber.Newark.12-13-17 Executive Summary This brief is in three sections: In Part A, we argue that those studying school reforms must give more thorough consideration to history and context. In Newark, that context includes: The importance of the Abbott rulings, which brought resource advantages to Newark and similar New Jersey school districts thatContinue reading “Newark’s Schools: The Facts”

School Funding Myths & Misdirects

There exist a handful commonly cited bodies of evidence and deceitful smokescreens intended to undermine the importance of equitable and adequate financing for schools. Here’s my abbreviated rebuttal sheet to what I call the School Money Myths & Misdirects: First, many including Eric Hanushek assert that school spending has climbed for decades but test scoresContinue reading “School Funding Myths & Misdirects”