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September 21, 2020

Four Mental Traps That Stop Schools From Getting More Bang for the Buck

My newly released volume, "Getting the Most Bang for the Education Buck," explores how to spend edu-dollars smarter. Today I talk about the role of mindset in that process.

October 14, 2019

Of Course Money Matters, Now What?

When Americans talk about education, it might be the only instance when they debate whether money matters. We need to reframe that conversation.

June 01, 2015

School Spending and the Limits of Research

A new Education Next study makes pretty massive claims about the impact of new spending. But I'm dubious, for a few reasons.

December 12, 2012

The Price of Uniformity

There was a timely conversation yesterday in New York Times's "Room for Debate" about whether it makes sense for standards and funding to vary by state.

December 10, 2012

The Education Advocates' Battle Cry: "Let's Push the Kids Off the Fiscal Cliff!"

As a nation, we're spending vast sums we don't have, and the edu-advocates' slogan seems to be: "Screw the kids, let's keep borrowing."

November 02, 2012

Obama the Education Spending Hawk

As we sprint to election day, everyone "knows" that President Obama has been a stanch champion of K-12 spending. If you're an Obama fan, this shows the President's smart priorities and commitment to schooling. If you're a critic, this is just one more example of Obama's big government proclivities. ...

June 18, 2012

Miller's Right: Young Americans Get the Shaft

Over the weekend, CAP's Matt Miller penned a terrific Washington Post column ("Young Americans Get the Shaft") in the same vein. It's a must-read for anyone who fancies that they're an education advocate. Miller writes: How are [Americans under 35] being swindled today?... There's no cash for su...

June 08, 2012

Self-Pitying Tantrums Are Poor Way for Educators to Win Friends, Influence People

Fact 1: Teachers feel like they're getting a bad rap in the public discourse. Fact 2: I've long since stopped reading the comments proffered on RHSU. What in the world do these two statements have to do with each other? I think it's simple. Self-proclaimed advocates of educators and public educat...

June 06, 2012

Gov. Walker's Recall Win Is Good News for Schooling

Yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker triumphed in his bare-knuckles recall rematch with Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett. The result serves, fairly or not, to validate Walker's push to dial back the scope of collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. In the blue-tinged cradle of Am...

November 30, 2011

Occupy UC'ers Profound Plea: "Gimme, Gimme"

As a nation, we've been living beyond our means for decades. Retirees have happily pocketed Medicare and Social Security benefits that far exceeded their contributions, millions of families bought houses they couldn't afford, families lowered their savings rate to zero while piling on the credit ca...

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