Cerf said yesterday that he has enlisted a team of nearly a dozen academics, researchers, and others to look at the effectiveness of the current School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) formula and help him come up with changes.The court-ordered review of SFRA is already a year late. Cerf said it would come this winter.
He stressed the final recommendations will be his, but he has enlisted help from a mix of school funding experts from across the country, most from academia. They are:
- Sean Corcoran – New York University
- Eric Hanushek -- Stanford University
- Brian Jacob – University of Michigan
- Susanna Loeb – Stanford University
- Mona Mourshed – McKinsey & Co.
- Steve Rivkin – Amherst College
- Marguerite Roza -- University of Washington
- Cecilia Rouse – Princeton University
- Jason Willis -- Stockton (CA) Unified School District [emphasis mine]Hanushek, Rouse, Loeb, Willis and Corcoran will be paid consultants, providing research for the ultimate report, said department spokesman Justin Barra.
Here are some of Roza's greatest reformy hits, courtesy of a man who should be at the top of this list, Bruce Baker. My personal favorite:
An "expert" who makes stuff up. She sounds perfect for Cerf and Christie, don't you think?But this new graph, sent to me from a colleague who had to suffer through this presentation, really takes the cake. This new graph comes to us from Marguerite Roza, from a presentation to the New York Board of Regents in September. And this one rises above all of these previous graphs because IT IS ENTIRELY FABRICATED. IT IS BASED ON NOTHING.Perhaps even worse than that, the fabricated information on this illustrative graph suggests that its author does not have even the slightest grip on a) statistics, b) graphing, c) how one might measure effects of school reforms (and how large or small they might be) or d) basic economics.Here’s the graph:[...]But most importantly, even if there was a clear definition of either, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE TO BACK THIS UP. IT IS ENTIRELY FABRICATED. Now, I’ve previously picked on Marguerite Roza for here work with Mike Petrilli on the Stretching the School Dollar policy brief. Specifically, I raised significant concern that Petrilli and Roza provide all sorts of recommendations for how to stretch the school dollar but PROVIDE NO ACTUAL COST/EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS.In this graph, it would appear that Marguerite Roza has tried to make up for that by COMPLETELY FABRICATING RATE OF RETURN ANALYSIS for her preferred reforms.