A Think Twice Review of:
Weighted Student Formula Yearbook 2009
Think Twice - May 13, 2009
Publisher/Think Tank - Reason Foundation
The report examines 14 city school systems and one statewide one - Hawaii- that the report presents as reflecting "best practices" in implementing what it calls Weighted Student Funding reforms. The report is based on two underlying premises: (1) school budgets should be allocated directly to schools within a district, with the amount based on each child's needs; and (2) school principals should have full discretion on how to allocate those funds.
Reviewer(s) - Bruce Baker, Rutgers University
The Baker review of the report finds that it cherry-picks evidence, lumps many different strategies under a single reform umbrella, ignores contradictory findings, and in one-third of its examples credits the reforms for outcomes that actually preceded the reforms themselves. Baker concludes that the report is reckless and irresponsible.