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January 5, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools

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I am astounded when I read, as I did this morning in Sacramento Bee’s coverage of our state’s huge budget gap, these kinds of quotes:

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, questioned the focus on funding levels.

“California needs to get more education bang for the buck, it doesn’t need more dollars into education,” he said.

I thought I’d pull together a very short list of articles that could refute this type of thinking, and am interested in hearing other suggestions, too.

Here is my short list of The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools:

Does Money Matter in School Reform? by Walt Gardner at Education Week

If money doesn’t matter… at School Finance 101

When schools have money…, also at School Finance 101

The relationship between education spending and test scores is an important piece.

More Flunkin’ out from Flunkout Nation (and junk graph of the week!) is from School Finance 101.

Inexcusable Inequalities! This is NOT the post funding equity era! is from School Finance 101.

Time to Throw Money at the Problem is by David B. Cohen.

The Albert Shanker Institute has released a report titled “Does Money Matter In Education?” You can read an accompanying blog post about it here, and a commentary in The Washington Post here

In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich is from The New York Times.

Chart: “Most States Have Cut K-12 Per Student Funding Since 2008″

School Spending Increases Linked to Better Outcomes for Poor Students is from Ed Week.

The Dirty, Little Secret in America’s Education Wars? Money Matters is by Jeff Bryant.

Does Money Matter? Is School Funding Fair? is from Ed Week.

Statistic Of The Day: New Study Finds That Money Matters For Schools


When public schools get more money, students do better
is a Washington Post article about a new study I’ve previously discussed.

Is Improving Schools All About Money? is from The New York Times.

Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings is from Education Next.

Inequitable school funding called ‘one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time’ is from The Washington Post.

Money Does Matter After All appeared in Education Next.

The Truth About School Funding is an excellent post by Ben Spielberg.

New Report: Does Money Matter in Education? Second Edition is from The Shanker Institute.


Second Statistic Of The Day: “Spending in nation’s schools falls again…”

Statistic Of The Day: Money Makes A Difference For Schools

More Money Really Does Make Schools Better appeared in Bloomberg View.

“Throwing money at the problem” may actually work in education is from The Washington Center For Equitable Growth.

NPR Begins Impressive-Looking Series On Money & Schools

NY Times Publishes Impressive Interactive On School Funding

Statistic Of The Day: Many States Spending Less On Schools Now Than Before Recession

Surprise – NOT! Study Finds That Money Matters To Education

DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise is from Matt Barnum.

Additional suggestions are always welcome.

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September 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Resources On Race & Racism

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I’m adding these new resources to either A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More or A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism:

The ‘war on whites’ is a myth — and an ugly one is from The Washington Post.

They See Color… Even When You Don’t is from Urban Education Mixtape.

Here’s a video about The Race Card Project:

The Benefits Of Having A Black Teacher is from City Lab.

Efforts to ‘raise the bar’ for becoming a teacher are running headlong into efforts to diversify the profession. Now what? is by Matt Barnum.

The Resegregation of Jefferson County is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Why are there so few black male teachers? is from American Public Media.

Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, and Retention: 1987 to 2013 is from The Learning Policy Institute.

September 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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There Will Be A Weird, Great or Something In the Middle Ed Show On A Bunch Of TV Stations Friday Night

Be prepared to watch a television show on education tomorrow night that is either going to be weird, great or something in the middle.

XQ (see The Best Articles For Learning About Laurene Powell Jobs’ Project To Redesign High Schools) has a big one hour show on redesigning high schools.

Here’s how they described it in an email blast today:

We are one day away from EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live! If you haven’t already heard, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, and Randall Park are joining XQ to help #RethinkHighSchool.
Here’s what you need to know:
  • At 3:30/6:30PM ET, tune in to our XQ website to watch our #XQLIVE red carpet pre-show livestream hosted by YouTube sensation Dytto and actor Jorge Diaz. 
  • At 8/7PM CT, tune-in on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and the XQ website to watch our one-hour special event.

I have some concerns about the project, which I shared in the previously mentioned “Best” list.

You can also read more about the show at:

XQ is taking over TV to make the case that high school hasn’t changed in 100 years. But is that true? is from Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat.

Four Networks to Air ‘XQ Super School Live’ Education Special on Friday is from Ed Week.

August 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

Ethnic Studies: A Movement Born Of A Ban is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The Value Of Ethnic Studies Classes – Help Me Find More.

Tucson’s Mexican Studies Program Was a Victim of ‘Racial Animus,’ Judge Says is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

The annual education poll by Phi Delta Kappa International was published today (you can see links to reports from previous years at The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll — 2016).  Here are article summarizing this year’s poll:

More Americans Give Top Grades to Public Schools is from Ed Week.

Americans express support for traditional public schools in new poll, even as Trump disparages them is from The Washington Post.

Speaking of education polls, NPR reports on the results of a different one at Surprise, Trump’s Education Ideas Are Polarizing.

The State Supreme Court Just Changed Everything We Knew About Local Tax Hikes discusses a court decision that could have a huge positive impact on school financing here in California. Thanks to Paul Bruno for the tip.

Understanding the Common Core State Standards in California: A quick guide is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core — I Hope You’ll Contribute More.

Schools with more students of color are more likely to be shut down — and three other things to know about a big new study is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

July 31, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

School segregation didn’t go away. It just evolved. is from Vox. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

6 problems the NAACP has with charter schools — and 5 of its ideas for how to reshape the sector is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

A surprising story about our Sacramento District has been making national news: Migrant Labor: Sacramento Unified Goes to The Philippines for its Teachers and School Districts Look To Philippines To Fill Teacher Vacancies are both from Ed Week.

On to Education—Chan Zuckerberg’s Next Investment is from NonProfit Quarterly. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Priscilla Chan is running one of the most ambitious philanthropies in the world is from ReCode. I’m adding it to the same list. Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip.

NYC class size limits could boost learning — but in practice, they often don’t. A new study explains why. is from Chalkbeat. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter.

June 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

When a Community Loses Its Schools is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise is from Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

Student Mobility Takes an Academic Toll. But Why? is from Ed Week. I’ve also previously written about this topic.

Gov. Brown, Democrats to require school districts to give greater access to unions is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

In a city of charters, the LA school district runs many of them is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Effective Teacher Professional Development is from The Learning Policy Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Setback for Groundbreaking School Choice Program Could Have Broader Fall Out is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

Florida governor is signing K-12 public education bill that critics call a ‘scam’ — at a Catholic school is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding these next two links to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools:

Education Dept. Says It Will Scale Back Civil Rights Investigations is from The New York Times.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to investigate civil rights enforcement under Trump is from The Washington Post.

June 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Gates, Zuckerberg Philanthropies Team Up on Personalized Learning is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Son of Friedrichs advances: Unfortunately, a new court case that, if successful, could cripple public employee unions, is advancing. Read about it at this Associated Press story, New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

To Understand Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, View Her Education is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

Girls outnumber boys in charter schools, study shows. Here’s why that matters. is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Back in 2014, I published a post titled The New Yorker’s “Wrong Answer” Feature Is The Must-Read Education Article Of The Summer. That New Yorker article is now being made in a movie with an impressive cast: Ryan Coogler & Michael B. Jordan Reunite for ‘Wrong Answer’ – Scripted By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Teachers’ training needs improvement so students benefit, new report says is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

May 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Study Finds Classroom-Response ‘Clickers’ Can ‘Impede Conceptual Understanding’ is from Ed Surge. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

Breitbart, but not Huffington Post? Fresno students want more access to news is from The Fresno Bee and is an interesting commentary on district content filters.

As ed reformers urge a ‘big bet’ on personalized learning, research points to potential rewards — and risks is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Digital Portfolios: The Whole Child, The Whole Story. is the title of this video and you can find supporting resources here. Thanks to Middleweb for the tip.  I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

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