Pondering Chartering: Getting the incentives right for the good of the whole!

December 15, 2015

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I had a fun chat with EduShyster the other day about my recent report on charter school business practices. It was during the course of that conversation that I articulated some of my major concerns about how we are currently approaching “chartering” as public policy, and, for that matter, academic researchers of chartering as public […]

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Pondering Chartering: What do we know about administrative and instructional spending?

December 14, 2015

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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 […]

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Picture Post Week: Subprime Chartering

December 10, 2015

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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 […]

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Picture Post Week: Increased Standards & Student Needs, But Shrinking Resources!

December 9, 2015

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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 […]

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Picture Post Week: Who’s granting all of those education degrees?

December 7, 2015

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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 […]

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Picture Post Week: Follow up on who’s running America’s charter schools

December 7, 2015

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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 […]

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From NJ Ed Policy Forum: On Average, Are Children in Newark Doing Better?

November 16, 2015

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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, […]

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