Relinquishing Efficiency: NOLA Data Snapshots

April 15, 2015

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There’s always plenty of bluster about the post-Katrina NOLA miracle. I’ve done a few posts on the topic, but none recently. See: Thoughts on NJ Failure Factories and NOLA Miracles New Orleans, Race & School Locations The NOLA model of “relinquishment” continues to be pitched as a handy-dandy reformy solution for dismantling the dysfunctional urban […]

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NYSED Recommends “Teacher Effectiveness Gnomes” to Fix Persistent Inequities

April 14, 2015

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I guess I knew that when ED released their “teacher equity” regs late fall of 2014, that we were in for a whole lot of stupid. You see, there was some good in those regulations and the data released to accompany them. There was discussion of teacher salary and qualifications parity, and some financial measures […]

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Angry Andy’s not so generous state aid deal: A look at the 2015-16 Aid Runs in NY

April 2, 2015

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Not much time to write about this, but I finally got my hands on the state aid runs for NY state school districts which were, in an unprecedented and utterly obnoxious move by the Gov, held hostage throughout the budget “negotiations” (if we can call  it that). Quick review – NY operates a state aid […]

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On School Finance Equity & Money Matters: A Primer

March 1, 2015

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Conceptions of Equity, Equal Opportunity and Adequacy Reforms across the nation to state school finance systems have been focused on simultaneously achieving equal educational opportunity and educational adequacy. While achieving and maintaining educational adequacy requires a school finance system that consistently and equitably meets a certain level of educational outcomes, it is important to maintain […]

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Angry Andy’s Failing Schools & the Finger of Blame

February 27, 2015

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has released a report in which it identifies what it refers to in bold type on the cover as “Failing Schools.” Report here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYSFailingSchoolsReport.pdf Presumably, these are the very schools on which Angy Andy would like to impose death penalties – or so he has opined in the past. The […]

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Families for Excellent Schools Totally Bogus Analysis of NYC Schools

February 3, 2015

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Families for Excellent Schools of New York – the Don’t Steal Possible folks – has just released an impossibly stupid analysis in which they claim that New York City is simply throwing money at failure. Spending double on failing schools what they do on totally awesome ones (if they really have any awesome ones). A […]

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Ed Writers – Try looking beyond propaganda & press releases for success stories

January 30, 2015

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UPDATED 2/5/2015 I enter into this blog post knowing full well that this is a lose-lose deal.  Rating and comparing school quality, effectiveness or efficiency with existing publicly available data is, well, difficult if not impossible. But I’m going there in this post. Why? Well, one reason I’m going there is that I’m sick of […]

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