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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.

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 […]

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

We could spend some time attempting to explain why this…

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 […]

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 […]

Baumol Part Deux in 2D-Your Cliffnotes To Eduwonky Enlightenment

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 […]

Would you like biggie fries with that geometry assignment?

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.

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 […]

School choice equals higher accountability

Original item posted in Shreveport Times September 28, 2012 Thanks to leaders like Gov. Bobby Jindal, Education Superintendent John White and lawmakers, Louisiana is taking bold strides forward to improve the quality of education. And, as it relates to school choice, Louisianans are unequivocally supporting their efforts, as evidenced by the more than 10,000 applications […]

We shouldn’t back down

There is some question about whether Florida lawmakers will make another attempt to pass a parent trigger law next year. The measure narrowly failed in the last legislative session because of a tie vote in the Senate. The Florida Education Association and its allies in the Florida PTA and Fund Education Now led the charge […]