Resource Deprivation in High Need Districts? (& CAP’s goofy ROI)

This post provides a follow-up on two seemingly unrelated topics, both of which can be traced back to the Center for American Progress. First, there was that wonderful little Return on Investment indicator series that CAP did a while back. Second, there’s the frequent, anecdotal argument that creeps into CAP/Ed Trust and AEI conversations thatContinue reading “Resource Deprivation in High Need Districts? (& CAP’s goofy ROI)”

School Funding Equity Smokescreens: A note to the Equity Commission

In this blog post, I summarize a number of issues I’ve addressed in the past. In my previous post, I discussed general reformy myths about school spending. In this post, I address smokescreens commonly occurring in DC beltway rhetoric about school funding equity and adequacy. School funding is largely a state and local issue, whereContinue reading “School Funding Equity Smokescreens: A note to the Equity Commission”

Thinking through cost-benefit analysis and layoff policies

If you’re running a school district or a private school and you are deciding on what to keep in your budget and what to discard, you are making trade-offs. You are making trade-offs as to whether you want to spend money on X or on Y, or perhaps a more complicated mix of many options.Continue reading “Thinking through cost-benefit analysis and layoff policies”

Stretching Truth, Not Dollars?

This week, Mike Petrilli (TB Fordham Institute) and Marguerite Roza (Gates Foundation) released a “policy brief” identifying 15 ways to “stretch” the school dollar. Presumably, what Petrilli and Roza mean by stretching the school dollar is to find ways to cut spending while either not harming educational outcomes or actually improving them. That goal inContinue reading “Stretching Truth, Not Dollars?”

The problem? Cheerleading and Ceramics, of course!

David Reber with the Topeka Examiner had a great post a while back (April, 2010) addressing the deceptive logic that we should be outraged by supposed exorbitant spending on things like cheerleading and ceramics, and not worry so much about the little things, like disparities between wealthy and poor school districts. I finally saw thisContinue reading “The problem? Cheerleading and Ceramics, of course!”

New from the Center on Inventing Research Findings

The other day, the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at University of Washington released a bold new study claiming that Washington school districts underpay Math and Science teachers relative to other teachers – which is clearly an abomination in a state that is home to high-tech industries like Boeing and Microsoft. The study consistedContinue reading “New from the Center on Inventing Research Findings”