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Q: Do Charters Spend More on Administration? A: Yes

I received a question over email querying if charters spend more on administration aka school leadership. I used t-tests to compare school leadership per pupil spending means from the 2010-2011 school finance data (the most recent cleaned dataset on my laptop) for all schools in Texas. Here is what I found: In elementary, charters spend […]

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TX House Source: Vouchers go down (again)

Diane Ravitch just posted this. A source on one of the House staffs just sent me his assessment anonymously. He also weighs in on the relationship between vouchers and current Texas school finance case: Vouchers just basically died in the House…. The amendment basically prohibits public dollars for public education going to private schools.  So […]

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Live School Finance Discussion on KXAN NBC

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School Finance Lawsuit: Julian Vasquez Heilig @ KXAN NBC Feb. 5

Today was V-Day for the most recent Texas school finance case! More on the win later. In the morning (about 6 a.m.) I will discuss the implications of the case in segment on KXAN NBC’s morning show. I will highlight what the school finance win will mean for students, teachers, and school districts across the state.

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Times are a-Changin’: My Thoughts in Huff Post

Yesterday I made some “no holds barred” statements to the Huffington Post about school finance, politics, and race. First, the background. Brookings said minority children will be the majority in the entire United States by 2019. The growth in the Latina/o community fueled almost all of the population growth in the United States over the last ten […]

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Vouchers and School Finance: Saving the Statehouse $?

Happy New Year 2013! I have often posted on school vouchers over the past few months. Why? There are factions in Texas, Louisiana and elsewhere that still argue they are efficacious educational policy and are pressing them into law. They are not. See CI’s thread on vouchers here. IUPRA will soon release a brief entitled […]

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“Time to invest in Latino children”

Had an interview/conversation yesterday with Sandra Lilley (She’s featured in my Twitter background photo) from NBCLatino. Her article Census shows it’s time to invest in Latino children, says experts discussed the growth of Latina/os in U.S. Schools: By 2060 Latinos will be nearly one of every three Americans, according to the latest Census report released today.  As […]

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Guess which state is 3rd “Dumbest in the Nation”?!

“Dumbest state in the nation” is a list where a state doesn’t want to be highly ranked. How does Texas perform relative to other states? Warning: This ranking is contrary to the reams of state-controlled (aka contrived) data released by the Texas Education Agency such as dropout and graduation rates etc. The Street compared the […]

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Inputs and student achievement: An analysis of Latina/o-serving urban elementary schools

Vasquez Heilig, J., Williams, A. & Jez, S. (2010). Inputs and student achievement: An analysis of Latina/o-serving urban elementary schools. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 10(1), 48-58. Considering the continuing challenge of the Latina/o achievement gap, an analysis to understand the relationship between key inputs and Latino/a student achievement is important. The purpose of this research was […]

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