This brief quantifies in immediately relatable terms—by student and by teacher—the magnitude of the crowd-out that pension debt creates for six states: CA, IL, LA, SC, TX, and VT. In translating debt payments into the equivalent spend per pupil, and the equivalent spend per teacher, the goal is to help education leaders grasp the relationship between their pension debt bills and their aspirations for spending on schooling inputs, including teacher salaries.
Student-based allocation (also known as weighted student funding) provides the most equitable, efficient, and flexible path toward increased productivity. This brief explains why it is a good idea to allocate resources on the basis of students, and measures several states' progress toward doing so.
Marguerite Roza and Amanda Warco February 2015 Research has found that the impact of an effective teacher outweighs the impacts of smaller class sizes. In this analysis authors Marguerite Roza and Amanda Warco find allowing our best teachers to teach more students in lieu of hiring additional staff could offer teachers bonuses as high as $10,357 to
The Real Deal on K-12 Staffing In the absence of reliable estimates of national K-12 staffing, Jim Simpkins and Marguerite Roza compile data from several national sources to determine historical K – 12 staffing ratios. Their analysis finds that staffing ratios across K-12 education have risen precipitously over several decades and, despite the impact of the Great Recession, remain at
Victor Reinoso and Marguerite Roza March 2014 Public schools impact the cultural and material well-being of communities. In this paper authors Victor Reinoso and Marguerite Roza share how mayors can improve the quality-of-life and the economic base in their municipality by finding and promoting productive school models. Read More
Alicia Kinne, Grant Blume and Marguerite Roza May 2013 This brief by Alicia Kinne, Grant Blume and Marguerite Roza, examines the cost of extra credits earned by students in California, Georgia and New York and opportunities for state and university leaders to maximize degree attainment with constrained resources. Read More
Marguerite Roza, Alicia Kinne, Patrick Murphy, and Betheny Gross May 2013 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 authored by Marguerite Roza, Alicia Kinne, Patrick Murphy, and Betheny Gross compares these three strategies in public flagship universities,
Student-Based Allocation to Enable School Choice This brief authored by Marguerite Roza and Suzanne Simburg published by Center on Reinventing Public Education explains the need for student-based allocation to enable student choice and portable funding across schools within districts. Read this report
Marguerite Roza and Suzanne Simburg December 2012 Using wage and staffing data from states, authors Marguerite Roza and Suzanne Simburg project 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. This Rapid Response brief was published by the Center on
Grant Blume and Marguerite Roza December 2012 Public universities across the country are shifting more spots to nonresidents (who pay higher tuitions) in order to plug budget gaps. This Rapid Response brief authored by Grant Blume and Marguerite Roza examines admissions data at the University of Washington in order to in order to quantify the effect on
Marguerite Roza, Suzanne Simburg, Jim Simpkins December 2012 This study by Marguerite Roza, Suzanne Simburg, Jim Simpkins 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. This Rapid Response brief was published by the Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Marguerite Roza and Monica Ouijdani December 2012 Consideration of whether smaller classes are preferable to larger ones requires some recognition of the opportunity costs involved. This brief authored by Marguerite Roza and Monica Ouijdani provides a state-by-state context by computing the dollars at stake in marginally raising the number of students per class. This paper was published
Noah Wepman, Marguerite Roza and Cristina Sepe Published in December 2010 by Center on Reinventing Public Education 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 employees to customize their benefits
Jim Simpkins, Marguerite Roza, and Cristina Sepe Published in August 2010 by the Center on Reinventing Public Education This paper examines the reasons why math and science teachers struggle to reach the same salaries as others, concluding that the state-wide salary schedule is in part to blame. Read More
Cristina Sepe and Marguerite Roza Published in May 2010 by Center on Reinventing Public Education Looking at the 15 largest districts in California showed that teachers at risk of layoff are concentrated in schools with more poor and minority students. The conclusion is that "last in, first out" policies disproportionately affect the programs and students in
Marguerite Roza, Chris Lozier and Cristina Sepe Published on March 16th, 2010 by Center on Reinventing Public Education This brief explores trends in K–12 education jobs—those funded through the stimulus and by other means—to answer the question of what role ARRA played in overall education employment. Read More
Marguerite Roza and Sarah Yatsko Published on February 4, 2010 by Center on Reinventing Public Education This brief demonstrates how, contrary to common worry, closing Title I's "comparability provision" loophole would not force districts to mandatorily reassign teachers. Read More
Marguerite Roza and Susan Funk Published on January 25, 2010 by Center on Reinventing Public Education This analysis explores how state education spending has changed or will change given the application of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, a policy intended to stabilize state budgets and avert cuts to education. Read More
Marguerite Roza February 2009 In this Rapid Response brief, published by Center on Reinventing Public Education, Marguerite Roza details why K-12 school districts that lay off personnel according to seniority cause disproportionate damage to their programs and students than if layoffs were determined on a seniority-neutral basis. Read More