News Ticker

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:

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 12.28.36 AMIn elementary, charters spend $147 more per pupil than traditional public schools.

In middle, charters spend $495 more per pupil than traditional public schools.

In high school, charters spend $230 more per pupil than traditional public schools.

Are the differences in means statistically significant?Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 12.28.51 AM

The independent t-test show that for all schools in Texas the higher administrative spending by charters is statistically significant (alpha<.000) for elementary and middle school levels but not for high schools.

For all of Cloaking Inequity’s posts on charters click here.

Please Facebook Like, Tweet, etc below and/or reblog to share this discussion with others.

Want to know about Cloaking Inequity’s freshly pressed conversations about educational policy? Click the “Follow blog by email” button in the upper left hand corner of this page.

Twitter: @ProfessorJVH

Click here for Vitae.

About Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig (705 Articles)
Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning researcher and teacher. He is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento.

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

  1. Angie Pete Yowell // September 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm // Reply

    JVH – when you add up these numbers, are you including the staff that work in the big administration offices like on West Sixth?


  2. You really need to control for school size. You could split tyhe file by ranges of school/district size and re-analyze the data.


  3. No one has yet explained how extracting profits from schools and then paying more for administration somehow makes the learning process better.

    Please keep up the good work.


  4. Monty J. Thornburg, Ph.D. // September 25, 2013 at 9:22 am // Reply

    Dr. Vasquez-Heilig: “Hard data” is nice except when it isn’t! Isn’t the the story going on here with data the “deceptive” information by those you are calling out, the real story?

    Thank you for showing your work, as we teachers say in the classroom. I’ve become convinced that this a very large ideological struggle as big as Civil Rights … and the ideologues who believe in “privatization” won’t be convinced by data … “hard data” or otherwise, unless it fits their purposes.

    The Gov. of Louisiana was joined recently by Jeb Bush asking the Justice Dept. to back off its law suit against vouchers- Short memory these radicals have, in the mid-1960s in “Pondexter v. Louisiana” the 5th Circuit declared Vouchers as discriminatory. To paraphrase the courts reasoning: “a legal action can become illegal when its result or intent is an illegal outcome” …

    Charter schools may not be illegal but -shall we discuss fairness? If not efficiency, as you have done. Thanks for your work! Keep showing it to the public and maybe we’ll get it!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: