September 2010 Archives

Maryland Charter Schools and Gubernatorial Elections

A new campaign ad from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley—a Democrat in a neck-and-neck race with Republican former Governor Bob Ehrlich—recently caught my attention (lots of Maryland voters live in the D.C. suburbs, and ads targeted to them run in D.C., too). The ad trumpets O'Malley's support for education funding and tries to take credit for Maryland's best-in-the-nation score on EdWeek's Quality Counts. Nothing surprising there, particularly since O'Malley does have some good things to talk about on education. What did surprise me were the three issues O'Malley chose to highlight in the ad: Putting education...


The Missing Piece in Vanderbilt Performance Pay Study Commentary

Like my colleague Andy Rotherham and friend Matt Yglesias, I'm not particularly surprised that a just-released Vanderbilt* study finds that offering teachers bonuses of up to $15,000 for improving student test scores "simply did not do much of anything" (to quote Linda Perlstein quoting the researchers). And like Andy, Matt, and Rick Hess**, I don't believe this study is particularly informative to the broader question of how to structure teacher compensation, albeit for slightly different reasons. Andy, Matt, and Rick argue that the point of performance pay systems is not to make existing teachers work harder--as some crude characterizations ...


Parent Opinion and the D.C. Mayor Elections

Btw, there's a lot of talk going on out there about Rhee's and Fenty's low support among African Americans, and the fact that the vast majority of kids in DCPS are African American, as if parental anger at Rhee's reforms is some kind of major force in driving support for Gray. This is a pile of dookey. If you look at the City Paper's cool poll of D.C. voters, you will see that parents with children currently in DCPS are WAY more likely to support Fenty than Gray--62% of voters with children currently in DCPS support Fenty, as opposed ...


Shrewd as Snakes and Innocent as Doves

I've been hearing a lot of snarking and worse from ed reform types about a recent column, by the Washington Post's Colbert King, on race in the D.C. Mayoral election and the gap between Chancellor Michelle Rhee's generally strong approval among white D.C. voters and her low poll numbers among African Americans. My friend Kevin Carey declared that "Colbert King Officially Loses It," while Whitney Tilson called the column "sleazy," "despicable," and accused King of "playing the race card." I don't think all that much of the column myself, but do I think Kevin, Whitney, and other are ...


How Did Parents as Teachers Win an i3 Grant?

Race to the Top scoring issues have come in for a lot of attention and griping over the past few weeks. But, like many folks I've talked to in the education policy space, I actually think there might be bigger issues brewing with the Investing in Innovation competitive grants program. Lots of folks were surprised and critical when the final list of 49 i3 grant winners came out in August. But it wasn't really possible to do a lot of analysis, because the Department originally posted application narratives only for the largest scale-up grant winners, losers haven't yet received their ...


The Vileness of Libertarian Thinking on School Choice

Libertarians' support for tuition tax credits and, to a lesser extent, vouchers, is well known. But I continue to be shocked by the extent to which that support for private school choice options has morphed into disdain for and attacks on charter schools and other public school choice options. In a recent blog post, the Cato Institute's Adam Schaeffer encourages South Carolina Gubernatorial Candidate Nikki Haley to commit to vetoing any legislation to expand public school options in South Carolina that does not include taxpayer subsidies for private school tuition. Let me get this straight: Libertarian voucher and tuition tax ...


Top Education Books

I'm hearing lots of snarky remarks about the fact that Diane Ravitch's The Death and Life of the Great American School System is dominating Ed Next's poll on "The Top 10 Education Books of the Decade," despite the fact that Ravitch's book disagrees with pretty much everything Ed Next supports. Whatevs. It is, afterall, and NYT best seller. And these types of online polls are all about vote-maximizing strategies that often produce seemingly implausible outcomes (seriously, read the linked article about how two of my friends became the "hottest media types in D.C." It's awesome!). And kudos to Ed ...


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