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Baumol’s Disease By Design (Part 4)

So the Heritage Foundation just released these fantastically illustrative charts documenting Baumol’s Disease in American K-12 education. The first shows that total employment in public schools increased by ten times more than enrollment growth, with non-teaching staff leading the way with an incredible 138% increase: You can’t hire that many non-teachers without the percentage of public school… Continue Reading Baumol’s Disease By Design (Part 4)

  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

How appropriate that I went to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios after watching the movie Won’t Back down. They turned out to be quite similar. HHN, as it is known, features a multitude of haunted houses inhabited by various monsters and demons. Won’t Back Down (WBD?) features a haunted schoolhouse presided over by a… Continue Reading Perfect for Halloween: Haunted school, zombie principal and children in peril

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Thanks to leaders like Governor Bobby Jindal, Superintendent John White and state lawmakers, all low-income parents of K-12 students attending a C, D, or F school in Louisiana now have the opportunity to apply for a state-funded scholarship to attend a participating A or B public school or an approved private school.

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Ravitch vs Ravitch

In a recent speech in Chicago, Diane Ravitch pointed out that America has a stellar 90 percent graduation rate. She notes the dropout rate is at a historical low. She notes the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, which she calls the only valid measure of academic performance, are at their highest point in… Continue Reading Ravitch vs Ravitch

Baumol’s victims and the urgent need for reform (part 3)

We could spend some time attempting to explain why this…

  • Education Funding Reform

    Education Funding Reform

    Education funding reform prioritizes each student's learning by funding education in a way that is equitable, transparent and promotes local empowerment and choice.

Frivolous litigation earns dunce cap

Florida will be the first state to litigate the effectiveness of education reform. State Board of Education member Roberto Martinez calls it “an exercise in futility and madness and a waste of funds.” All of which might disqualify it from other arenas, but certainly not a court of law. Opponents of education reform filed a… Continue Reading Frivolous litigation earns dunce cap

  • Education Funding Reform

    Education Funding Reform

    Education funding reform prioritizes each student's learning by funding education in a way that is equitable, transparent and promotes local empowerment and choice.
  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

Grading schools in Lake Wobegon

It seems that support for an A-F school grading system is contingent on the rigor of the grading system. The harder it is to get an A, the more pushback there is from the public school bureaucracy and opponents of education reform. They would prefer we grade schools like we graded kids on my second-grade… Continue Reading Grading schools in Lake Wobegon

  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

So in our last nerdfest episode, we explored the idea that American K-12 has a severe case of Baumol’s disease- the tendency of labor intensive services to become more expensive over time without a corresponding increase in effectiveness. At some point we will explore some of excuses often weakly offered up in an attempt to… Continue Reading Baumol Part Deux in 2D-Your Cliffnotes To Eduwonky Enlightenment

Customer service, once the domain of corporate America, is coming to public schools in Florida. They are rolling out the welcome mat and increasing their menu offerings to ensure their customers – primarily parents — are satisfied.

  • School Choice

    School Choice

    Families need the financial freedom to attend schools that meet their needs. The Foundation supports policies that empower families to choose a public, charter, private, virtual or home school.

Baumol’s disease and the public school

I’m going to blog about something really nerdy, but stick with me because it is actually crucial to understanding what has gone wrong with our public schools over the last 50 years. I promise your patience will be rewarded with insight. Paul Hill and Marguerite Rosa explained in 2010 that American public schools are suffering… Continue Reading Baumol’s disease and the public school

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