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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.

School Funding Myths & Misdirects is from School Finance 101.

Statistic Of The Day: Study Finds That Reduced School Funding Negatively Impacts Students

Statistic Of The Day: Money Matters In Education

Statistic Of The Day: Teacher Pay Is Down

Additional suggestions are always welcome.

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April 14, 2018
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 – Part Two):

The big news this week falls primarily into two categories: teacher walkouts and NAEP scores….

However, before we get to that, I think the most interesting piece that appeared this week is Why the school spending graph Betsy DeVos is sharing doesn’t mean what she says it does by Matt Barnum. It’s related to NAEP scores, but the terrible graph he discusses shows up all the time. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

While I’m at it, I’m adding Effect Sizes: How Big is Big?, by Robert Slavin, to the same list.

 

TEACHER WALKOUTS

I’m adding these updates to The Best Videos & Articles On The Kentucky & Oklahoma Teachers Strikes:

The Oklahoma Teacher Strike Has Ended – Here’s What They Got. And What They Didn’t is from TIME.

Which states might experience the next wave of teacher strikes? is from Brookings.

Arizona’s governor promises to give teachers a pay raise in effort to avert a strike is from Vox.

 

NAEP SCORES

NAEP: Urban School Districts Improving Faster Than the Nation is from Ed Week.

 

OTHER NEWS:

In California, A Union Forms At A Virtual Charter School is from NPR.

America’s Deathtrap Schools appeared in The New York Times.

March 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Resources On Race & Racism

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I’m adding these new resources to various “Best” lists.  You can find links to all of those many lists that relate to race and racism at New & Revised: The Best Resources I’ve Used In Lessons About Race & Racism:

Mad about Stephon Clark protesters shutting down the Kings and I-5? Check your privilege appeared in The Sacramento Bee. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Examining “Privilege”

I’m adding this tweet to the same list:

I’m adding this tweeted video to the same list:

What Gun-Control Activists Can Learn From the Civil-Rights Movement is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

I’m adding this video to the same list:

Race, not just poverty, shapes who graduates in America — and other education lessons from a big new study is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Commentaries On The Huge New Study On Race, Inequality & Gender).

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More:

March 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Commentaries On The Huge New Study On Race, Inequality & Gender

The Equality of Opportunity Project unveiled a huge new study on race and economic inequality today. And The New York Times did a big interactive explanation of it.

Here’s the non-technical executive summary.

Here’s a Washington Post story about it.

Forget Wealth And Neighborhood. The Racial Income Gap Persists is from NPR.

Here are some useful tweets:

Vox also just came out with a good text explanation: The massive new study on race and economic mobility in America, explained

Race, not just poverty, shapes who graduates in America — and other education lessons from a big new study is by Matt Barnum.

February 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Research Studies Of The Week

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I often write about research studies from various fields and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up. So I’ve started writing a “round-up” of some of them each week or every other week as a regular feature.

By the way, you might also be interested in My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2017 – Part Two.

Here are some new useful studies (and related resources):

Eye exams linked to kids’ reading levels is from Eureka Alert. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Word Gap”

New study highlights the struggles and strengths of Latino teachers is from Ray Salazar. I’m adding it to New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color.

New Stanford Study: A Positive Attitude Literally Makes Your Brain Work Better is from Inc. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

February 10, 2018
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 – Part Two):

The Daily 202: Koch network laying groundwork to fundamentally transform America’s education system is from The Washington Post.

How new evidence bolsters the case for California’s education policy rebellion is from Matt Barnum. Threats don’t necessarily work well in the classroom – maybe it could be the same for many teachers and schools?

Trump’s Vision for Vocational Education Gets a Tepid Reception is from The New York Times.

The New Tax Law’s Subtle Subversion of Public Schools is from The Atlantic.

Why Are American Public Schools Still So Segregated? is from KQED. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Smarter Balanced Test Scores Are Mostly Flat. Is That a Problem? is from Ed Week. It’s connected to what I wrote in October: This Is Interesting: All Smarter Balanced State English Test Scores Went Down & Most PARCC States Went Up.

A graduation crisis in D.C. brings questions of ethics to the fore is from The Christian Science Monitor.

With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory is from Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

This is an important tweet that corresponds to previous studies. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing:

January 29, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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In Education, If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is….

 

Matt Barnum wrote an excellent piece today on an obviously inflated research result touting the benefits of personalized learning (see Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today).

The search for the silver bullet in education never seems to end, and that search is carried on by people who should be smart enough to know that there isn’t one.

Really, it’s doing a lot of little things right that add up.

Personalized learning – both tech and non-tech – can have a positive impact on student learning (though it is clearly not a cure-all), and there’s a fair amount of research that documents that fact (see The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”). I talk about what it looks like in my classroom in my ASCD Educational Leadership article, Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning.

There’s also a lot of research, and – it appears to me – substantial agreement (with some exceptions), from research about what effective teachers should do (see The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do).

It seems to me that we teachers, our students and their families would be far better off focusing on improving all the smaller actions that can add up to moderately improved learning than searching for a phantom solution that hits it out of the ballpark.

Supposed silver bullets seldom appear to hit their target (see The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools).

 

 

 

January 16, 2018
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 – Part Two):

I Have Zero Tolerance for Advocates of Zero Tolerance Discipline is by Justin Cohen. I’m adding it to We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity.

Fact-check: Weighing 7 claims from Betsy DeVos’s latest speech, from Common Core to PISA scores is by Matt Barnum.

Department Of Education Finds Texas Violated Special Education Law is from NPR.

BPS plan would eliminate middle schools is from The Boston Globe.

Gov. Brown proposes ambitious education agenda in his final state budget is from Ed Source.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research:

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