Policy Briefs

Teacher Licensure in Wisconsin: Who is Protected- Parents or the Education Establishment?

Mark Schug, Ph.D. and Scott Niederjohn, Ph.D.
February 1, 2011

Executive Summary

It has been 10 years since Wisconsin overhauled an old set of rules for state teacher licensure (PI 3 and PI 4) and replaced it with a new set called PI 34. At the time of its approval in 2000, PI 34 was warmly welcomed by state leaders and legislators from both sides of the aisle. It was praised as a way to create a new generation of Wisconsin teachers. 

The purpose of this report is to assess PI 34 in an effort to learn whether it has made good on these high expectations.

Accountability and Learning: Assessing the Seattle Families and Education Levy

Paul Guppy
February 1, 2011

Seattle school administrators are seeking approval of a fourth education levy in two years. Yet, education research shows spending more money will not improve learning for Seattle school children. If the Families and Education Levy is approved, school administrators will likely perceive it as a signal that no fundamental change is needed, and students in Seattle public schools will continue to experience poor educational results and a high drop-out rate.

Actual Pay: A Survey of Missouri Public School Superintendent Salary and Benefit Packages

Audrey Spalding
July 29, 2010

In this interesting paper, Show-Me Institute researcher Audrey Spalding analyzes a topic that has received little systematic study: the compensation of school superintendents. School superintendents are the CEOs of our public school districts. Missouri school districts spend roughly $ 9,500 per student in current operating expenses. This rises to nearly $ 13,000 per student when capital expenditures are included. Superintendents, with the approval of their boards, make important decisions about how these resources are allocated.

Education spending up; performance stagnant

Paul Gessing
February 21, 2011

During her campaign, Gov. Susana Martinez said that she would not cut education. Based on revised budget numbers that were released immediately after she was elected, that went out the window. Now, Martinez is proposing very modest cuts of 1.5 percent for K-12.

 

Students benefit from Expanded Open Enrollment

Deborah D. Thornton
January 1, 2011

 

A Supply-Side Solution

John Hendrickson
March 1, 2010

 

I Think I can, I Think I can!

Deborah D. Thornton
December 1, 2010

 

Debunking the Myths About Charter Public Schools

Cara Stillings Candal
January 4, 2010

 

 

 

 

Charter public schools have existed in Massachusetts since 1995, after enabling legislation was included in the landmark Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA) of 1993. Originally conceived as laboratories for educational innovation

Writing Instruction In Massachusetts

Alison L. Fraser
February 11, 2011

 

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