Education Shouldn’t be an Unfair Game!

December 11, 2014

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A common claim these days, either in political rhetoric or in the context of litigation over the equity and adequacy of state school finance systems is that money simply doesn’t matter. The amount of money we put into any school or district is inconsequential to the outcomes children achieve or quality of education they receive. […]

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Children’s Constitutional Rights and School Funding: Why the charter funding disparity lawsuits in NY and DC are misguided

December 9, 2014


Ah… another day, another smokescreen to distract state (and federal) courts from the real and substantive issue of equitable and adequate financing of America’s public schooling system. This one is brought to us from New York and Washington, DC., explained here by Dunn and Derthick in Education Next. For years, opponents of school choice had a […]

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Research Note: On Student Growth & the Productivity of New Jersey Charter Schools

October 31, 2014

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Originally posted on New Jersey Education Policy Forum:
Bruce D. Baker, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education October 31, 2014 PDF: Research Note on Productive Efficiency In June of 2014, I wrote a brief in which I evaluated New Jersey’s school growth percentile measures to determine whether factors outside the control of local schools or districts…

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Anatomy of Educational Inequality & Why School Funding Matters

September 13, 2014


There continues to be much bluster out there in ed reformy land that money really isn’t all that important – especially for traditional public school districts. That local public schools and districts already have way too much money but use it so inefficiently that any additional dollar would necessarily be wasted. An extension of this […]

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UARK Study Shamelessly (& Knowingly) Uses Bogus Measures to Make Charter Productivity Claims

July 22, 2014


Any good study of the relative productivity and efficiency of charter schools compared to other schools (if such comparisons were worthwhile to begin with) would require precise estimates of comparable financial inputs and outcomes as well as the conditions under which those inputs are expected to yield outcomes. The University of Arkansas Department of Education […]

Chronicles of (the conceptually incoherent & empirically invalid world of) VergarNYa

July 8, 2014


As with the Vergara case in California, a central claim of the New York City Parents Union is that the presence of statutory tenure protections in New York State leads to a persistent and systematic deprivation of a sound basic education which falls disproportionately on the state’s low income and minority children. Let’s review again […]

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The VergarGuments are Coming to New York State!

July 4, 2014


And so it goes… The VergarGuments keep-a-comin… spreading their way from California to the Empire State, from Albany to Buffalo. And what are VergarGuments you say? Well, a VergarGument is a fallacious form of legal reasoning applied in the context of state constitutional litigation over causes of inequities and inadequacies of schooling selectively suffered by […]

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