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The Money Myth: School Resources, Outcomes, and Equity

Original post made by jb, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 22, 2009

This is the title of a book released this year (author W. Norton Grubb). Some good things from a write-up on the book:

Can money buy high-quality education? Studies find only a weak relationship between public school funding and educational outcomes.

Drawing on a national longitudinal dataset collected over twelve years, Grubb makes a crucial distinction between "simple" resources and those "compound," "complex," and "abstract" resources that cannot be readily bought. Money can buy simple resources--such as higher teacher salaries and smaller class sizes--but these resources are actually some of the weakest predictors of educational outcomes.

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Posted by Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 22, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Most of those studies have little to with good school districts like PUSD. Maybe West Oakland schools can't benefit from much more money because of other factors.

YES ON G!


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Posted by jb
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Don't want to let facts get in the way of an emotional decision. Any time there is a report that shows that classroom size reduction does not have that much of a benefit, out come the teachers unions. Same unions that spread the myth that the amount California spend in education is the lowest in the nation. Absolutely not true according to our government office and the federal department of education.


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Posted by Hey jb
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Hey jb,

Pleasanton isn't lowest in the nation. Pleasanton ranks high. Have you ever been to Pleasanton? Where do you live, Bakersfield? Don't you Howard Jarvis people have anything better to do than spam online forums with tired old rhetoric?


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Posted by Doesn't matter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I basically don't care about the stats. The district has done a superior job and I'm willing to pay for it.


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Posted by jb
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm

To Hey jb, not sure where you read me saying that Pleasanton is lowest in the nation. I live here and know that Pleasanton is near the highest paid in the united states.


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Posted by Way to go!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Looks like its working huh jb?! Gotta love those API scores. Way to go PUSD!


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Posted by Report in error
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm

The recently reported API scores in the PW are from 07-08. 08-09 results aren't due out until September, since the kids just took the test in the last couple of weeks.

Why did PW print that as 08-09 scores and why is everyone so excited about scores that are from last year? We did improve, but we've known for a YEAR already!!


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Posted by Way to go PW!
a resident of another community
on May 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm

With people's busy schedules, not everyone has time to research every detail about our schools. It is a great reminder to all of us what an asset we have in our schools and teachers!


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Posted by Love is blind
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Deaf and dumb, too!


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