Marguerite Roza

The Machinery that Drives Education-Spending Decisions Inhibits Better Uses of Resources

This paper illustrates the flaws in the existing structure for making resource allocation decisions in public education.

The Promise of Cafeteria-Style Benefits for Districts and Teachers

This brief describes how a different method of supplying benefits to employees might work for districts: cafeteria plans. While typical school district plans offer a one-size-fits-all package of benefits to employees, cafeteria plans allow...

Washington State High Schools Pay Less for Math and Science Teachers than for Teachers in Other Subjects

In this brief, CRPE analysts find that most of Washington's largest districts spend less per math or science teacher than for teachers in other subjects.

Curing Baumol’s Disease: In Search of Productivity Gains in K–12 Schooling

Improvements in productivity in other sectors may hold important lessons for understanding how the education system can become more efficient.

The Disproportionate Impact of Seniority-Based Layoffs on Poor, Minority Students

Looking at the 15 largest districts in California, this analysis finds that teachers at risk of layoff are concentrated in schools with more poor and minority students, concluding that "last in, first out" policies...

Jul 13 2010

Seattle, WA - Given the bleak outlook for financing public education, schools face a grim future of struggles amid static, or worse, declining resources.

May 21 2010

Seattle, WA - K-12 school districts that lay off teachers by seniority, a policy known as "last in, first out," disproportionately affect the programs and students in their poorer and more minority schools than in their wealthier, less minority counterparts.

Apr 5 2010

Washington, DC - From the Urban Institute:

Mar 22 2010

Seattle, WA - Total education jobs are in an unprecedented decline, according to a new analysis by the Center on Reinventing Public Education in Seattle. However, the study demonstrates that Federal stimulus dollars appear to have played a significant role in saving teachers' jobs.

Feb 5 2010

Seattle, WA - School districts can take steps to level out salary inequities caused by maldistributions of teachers, according to researchers at the University of Washington.