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Shanker Blog

May May28, 2024

What Two Civil Rights Heroes Can Teach Today's Left

Guest author and Shanker Institute Board Member Richard Kahlenberg reviews Climbing the Rough Side of the Mountain: The Extraordinary Story of Love, Civil Rights, and Labor Activism. the memoir of civil and labor rights leaders Norman and Velma Hill which provides a reminder that a better path remains open.


May May17, 2024

Tackling Chronic Absenteeism Is a Crucial Investment in the Future

Guest authors are Kate Suchomel and Jim Davnie from the Minnesota Alliance With Youth write that the benefits of confronting chronic absenteeism, which is a nationwide issue, extends into the broader social and economic realms making it a crucial investment for the future of our society.


May May15, 2024

How Do Vouchers Defund Public Schools? Four Warnings and One Big Takeaway

Guest author Josh Cowen writes that school voucher systems siphon off resources from already inadequately funded public schools. This, as well as a decade of evidence that vouchers have led to declines in student achievement, are holding back our students.



@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS P.S. Here's a nice little 2018 review of NYC-specific studies post-Hoxby:

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@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS Scarsdale aside, NYC very interesting back then (Boston too). Small sectors, slow growth, large/positive effects. I’ve been meaning to look at more recent papers (can’t believe that Hoxby report is almost 15 years ago, feeling old). Thanks again.

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@vkoganpolisci @matt_barnum @mpolikoff @ConversationUS Thanks for the comment. Critique is not of the models/results but rather that illustration of effect size (as presented in “glossy” report’s summary). Seems I might have explained that better, but my description not much different from paper’s.

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RT @edtransformGU: Check out the latest blog by our Advocacy and Policy student, @RachelWessler, on early care provider compensation that s…

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RT @NEPCtweet: A proposal to make school finance more equitable with a strategic use of federal funding @shankerinst @SchlFinance101 @dicar…

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New post: The Shanker Institute turns 25 years old this month!

We'll be celebrating during the coming year.

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RT @Stephen_Sawchuk: Still looking for a few good #mathteachers . Help me share your success!

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Our recent report laying out and simulating a federal foundation aid formula for K-12 education is excerpted in the newest issue of American Educator.

Co-authored by @SchlFinance101
and @jerseyjazzman

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RT @DrMikeHansen: I’m proud to announce a new brief on gender pay differences among teachers with coauthors @Quintero05Diana & @NicolasZerb…

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Check out @kayreist on what it takes for instructional coaches to be effective.

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