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Shanker Blog

February Feb22, 2024

School District Fragmentation, Segregation, and Funding Equity in New Jersey

New Jersey's tiny, fragmented school districts carry important implications for K-12 segregation and funding equity.


February Feb14, 2024

Bob Edwards: Beloved Radio Host and Labor Leader (1947-2024)

Shanker Board Member Richard D. Kahlenberg pays tribute to fellow Shanker Board Member Bob Edwards for his esteemed careers in radio broadcasting and as a labor leader of  the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. 


February Feb1, 2024

Democracy & Abortion Access: How Underrepresentation of Women in State Legislatures Threatens Freedom

Guest author Jocelyn Frye, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, writes that the representation of women and women of color matters in state legislatures when it comes to protecting people’s bodily autonomy.



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

10 months 3 weeks ago

@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.

10 months 3 weeks ago

@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.

10 months 3 weeks ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

We'll be celebrating during the coming year.

11 months ago

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

11 months 1 week ago

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

11 months 1 week ago

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

11 months 1 week ago

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

11 months 2 weeks ago