Thursday, October 27, 2005

Do Parents Matter?

This news article in the LA Times seems to imply that parent involvement is not a factor in student achievement.

Reading the article carefully however, will reveal that all schools in the study were low-income schools.

In other words, when comparing students of poor parents to other students of poor parents, parental involvement is not as significant as curriculum alignment and high expectations on the part of the school personnel.

However, comparing the parental involvement of students in middle-class and upper-class schools to students of parents from poor backgrounds could reveal a different headline.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

So whose fault is it that property tax rates are rising?

One of the great advantages that state governments have through controlling educational policy, is that they not only get to set policy, but they get to decide who pays for it. They can have their cake and eat it too. Make new rules, pass it off to local tax payers then say, "It's those dang schools again...if they would just control spending...."

Here is good quote:

Bill Blomquist, a political scientist at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, said, “What you see, especially in Indiana, is that state officials are more than happy to claim credit when local property taxes are reduced, and more than happy to blame local officials whenever property taxes go up,” Blomquist said.

Here is a link on a full article on property tax increases in Indiana.