How Modern School Finance/Education Policy Works: Lessons from New York

I’ll admit that the more I do this stuff, the more I write about today’s education policy environment and especially the environment around school funding, I do get more cynical. And few states have done more to encourage my cynicism than New York, of late. But I suspect that the tales from the trenches in … Continue reading How Modern School Finance/Education Policy Works: Lessons from New York

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Teacher Salaries, Demographics & Financial Disparities in the Chicago Metro

No time to really write much here today, but I do have a few figures to share. I’m posting these mainly because I keep seeing so many ridiculous a-contextual… and in many cases simply wrong statements about Chicago teachers’ salaries.  As I understand it, salaries are not really the main issue in the contract dispute… … Continue reading Teacher Salaries, Demographics & Financial Disparities in the Chicago Metro

Friday Finance 101: On Parfaits & Property Taxes

Public preference for property taxes stands in perfect inverse relation to the public taste for parfaits. Everybody loves parfaits[i] and everybody hates property taxes.[ii] No, I don’t plan to spend this blog post bashing parfaits. I do like a good parfait. But, even more blasphemous, I intend to shed light on some of the virtues … Continue reading Friday Finance 101: On Parfaits & Property Taxes

Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness

Here’s a little Friday afternoon fun with the updated Census Fiscal Survey data through 2009-2010. I’ve written recently about the national school funding fairness report card, which I work on with colleagues from the Education Law Center. The report card can be found here: http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org/ I also recently wrote a blog post about America’s Most … Continue reading Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness

Deconstructing Funding Fairness: Comments on the release of our latest report

Today, I, along with colleagues at the Education Law Center released the second round report on school funding fairness which can be found here: http://www.schoolfundingfairness.org We cover much ground in this report and develop what we believe are a useful set of indicators for comparing state school finance systems. In this new version of the … Continue reading Deconstructing Funding Fairness: Comments on the release of our latest report

The Commonwealth Triple-Screw: Special Education Funding & Charter School Payments in Pennsylvania

This post is the second in a series (of unknown number) focusing on how states harm local public school districts through illogical, ill-conceived state school finance systems and components of those systems. One goal of this post is to illustrate the types of problems/manipulations that exist in state school finance systems, how they work, and … Continue reading The Commonwealth Triple-Screw: Special Education Funding & Charter School Payments in Pennsylvania

Two Persistent Reformy Misrepresentations regarding VAM Estimates

I have written much on this blog about problems with the use of Value-added Estimates of teacher effect (used loosely) on student test score gains on this blog. I have addressed problems with both the reliability and validity of VAM estimates, and I have pointed out how SGP based estimates of student growth are invalid … Continue reading Two Persistent Reformy Misrepresentations regarding VAM Estimates

SB24 won’t solve CT’s real Teacher Equity Problems

Connecticut’s SB 24 appears to be little more than boilerplate reformy legislation which, like similar legislation in other states, creates a massive smokescreen concealing the very real problems facing Connecticut school districts. I addressed in a previous post my concern that SB24’s emphasis on charter expansion as a solution for high poverty districts is misguided, … Continue reading SB24 won’t solve CT’s real Teacher Equity Problems

More Inexcusable Inequalities: New York State in the Post-Funding Equity Era

I did a post a short while back about the fact that there are persistent inequities in state school finance formulas and that those  persistent inequities have real consequences for students’ access to key resources in schools – specifically their access to a rich array of programs, services, courses and other opportunities.  In that post … Continue reading More Inexcusable Inequalities: New York State in the Post-Funding Equity Era

Ed Next’s triple-normative leap! Does the “Global Report Card” tell us anything?

Imagine trying to determine international rankings for tennis players or soccer teams entirely by a) determining how they rank relative to the average team or player in their country, then b) having only the average team or player from each country play each other in a tournament, then c) estimating how the top teams would … Continue reading Ed Next’s triple-normative leap! Does the “Global Report Card” tell us anything?