December 14, 2015
Comments Off on Pondering Chartering: What do we know about administrative and instructional spending?
In a recent report, Gary Miron and I discuss some of the differences in resource allocation practices between Charter operators and district schools. Among other things, we discuss the apparently high administrative expenses of charter operators. But in that same report, we explain that some of these higher administrative expenses, and, as a result lower […]
December 10, 2015
A short while back, I explained how, in our fervor to rapidly expand charter schooling and decrease the role of large urban school districts in serving their resident school-aged populations, we’ve created some particularly ludicrous scenarios whereby, for example – charter school operators use public tax dollars to buy land and facilities that were originally […]
December 9, 2015
As I explain in a post a while back: In short, the “cost” of education rises as a function of at least 3 major factors: Changes in the incoming student populations over time Changes in the desired outcomes for those students, including more rigorous core content area goals or increased breadth of outcome goals Changes […]
December 7, 2015
This post is an update to a series of earlier posts in which I summarized the production of education degrees over time. As policymakers continue their critiques of the supposed decline in the quality of teacher preparation, as if teacher and leader preparation has been static since the 1950s, it’s worth again looking at trends […]
December 7, 2015
This post is a follow up on my previous post where I discussed which charter school operators are actually leading the nation in charter school enrollments. Here are a some slides breaking out the charter school enrollments by operator/manager for a handful of states. These slides are made possible by my meticulous graduate student Mark […]
November 16, 2015
Comments Off on From NJ Ed Policy Forum: On Average, Are Children in Newark Doing Better?
Bruce D. Baker & Mark Weber, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education November 16, 2015 Baker.Weber.NewarkBetterOff.NJEPF.11_15_15 In this research note, we estimate a series of models using publicly available school level data to address the following question: Q: Did students in Newark (combined district and charter) make gains on statewide averages (non-Newark) on state assessments, […]
November 10, 2015
Today’s musing: It is important to acknowledge that charter school market shares are not, in recent years, expanding exclusively or even primarily because of market demand and personal/family preferences for charter schools. Traditional district public schools are being closed, neighborhoods left without options other than charters, district schools are being reconstituted and handed over to […]