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Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice
January, 2013
Marguerite Roza, Suzanne Simburg

This brief explains the need for student-based allocation to enable student choice and portable funding across schools within districts.

Are Residents Losing Their Edge in Public University Admissions? The Case at the University of Washington
December, 2012
Grant Blume, Marguerite Roza

Public universities across the country are shifting more spots to nonresidents (who pay higher tuitions) in order to plug budget gaps. This case study examines admissions data at the University of Washington in order to quantify the effect on admissions standards for residents versus...

Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures, and New Savings
December, 2012
Suzanne Simburg, Marguerite Roza

Using wage and staffing data from states, this paper projects the financial and staffing implications of one innovative school model (the Rocketship lab rotation) to highlight potential impacts on the schooling workforce and total per-student spending.

What Happens to Teacher Salaries During a Recession?
December, 2012
Jim Simpkins, Marguerite Roza, Suzanne Simburg

This study uses data from Seattle Public Schools to explore actual salary changes amidst rapid changes in economic context and the effect of the recession on teacher pay.

The Opportunity Cost of Smaller Classes: A State-By-State Spending Analysis
December, 2012
Marguerite Roza, Monica Ouijdani

Consideration of whether smaller classes are preferable to larger ones requires some recognition of the opportunity costs involved. This brief provides a state-by-state context by computing the dollars at stake in marginally raising the number of students per class.

How Public Universities Close Budget Gaps Matters For States
December, 2012
Alicia Kinne, Marguerite Roza, Patrick J. Murphy, Betheny Gross

Cuts to state support for higher education have prompted some universities to raise tuition, admit more out-of-state students, and increase enrollment to close budget gaps. This analysis compares these three strategies in terms of the relative magnitude needed to close a gap in state funds and...

"The Phantom Menace": How state finance policies that protect districts from declining or low enrollments drive up spending and inhibit adaptation
November, 2012
Marguerite Roza, Jon Fullerton

This working paper examines how state finance policies that protect districts from declining or low enrollments drive up spending and inhibit adaptation.

Q&A on the Chicago Teachers Contract Math
September, 2012
Marguerite Roza

This Rapid Response brief examines the real numbers on the Chicago teachers contract costs.

Chicago Teacher Salaries in the Regional Chicago Context
September, 2012
Marguerite Roza

This Rapid Response brief looks at how Chicago teacher salaries compare in regional and national contexts.

The Sheepskin Effect and Student Achievement: De-emphasizing the Role of Master's Degrees in Teacher Compensation
July, 2012
Raegen Miller, Marguerite Roza

This Center for American Progress brief dissects the nation’s sizeable investment in master’s bumps as a means of highlighting policy obstacles to a more smartly differentiated compensation approach.


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