Monday, January 14, 2019

#TXLEGE: National educrats go BALLISTIC over Texas school finance commission

"And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
Mark 5:7

We've haven't read the school finance commission report, but this piece in the Washington Post is nuts:
But perhaps the most startling feature of the report is its recommendation to use outcomes-based funding as a critical component of the school funding system. Outcomes-based education funding is highly controversial. It is ineffective and can make inequities worse. And this Texas version, which is especially bad, will result in the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer with funding going to students who need it the least, not the most.
This piece goes on to paint an overwrought, inaccurate, picture of "outcomes based funding as some sort of boon to the rich.

Enter random Houston Chronicle reporter on Twitter:

Now...look...this website is not going to support a school finance proposal just because they slap the phrase "outcomes based" on it. The devil in such a plan would most certainly be in the details.  It's doesn't take a genius to see how "outcomes based" education funding could devolve into a standardized testing boondoggle.

It is, however, interesting to note the educrat lobby reacting this way.

Finally, check out the WaPo author's bio:
Burris is a former New York high school principal who serves as executive director of the Network for Public Education, a nonprofit advocacy group. She was named the 2010 Educator of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State, and in 2013, the National Association of Secondary School Principals named her the New York State High School Principal of the Year. Burris has been chronicling problems with modern school restructuring and school choice for years on this blog.
Bottom Line: So-called "outcomes based" funding may or may not be a good idea. We need to know a lot more details before we can decide about any specific programs. That being said, for this crowd to be this apoplectic about it this early in the process is intesting.

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