A cover-up of poor school performance in Texas?

What doesn’t Rod Paige’s Education Department want us to know about school performance in Texas until after the election?

Eduwonk thinks the charter schools report in the NY Times was, at least, oversold. Eduwonk also thinks the Education Department was guilty of “ineptness” (“ness” moster alert: what’s wrong with “ineptitude”?) rather than nefariousness in appearing to conceal the data. (I had a different take on that question, while also having some thoughts about why the poor performance of the charters might be apparent rather than real.)

But when the report on the performance of the Texas public schools gets postponed past November, Eduwonk detects a distinct odor of fish. Given the fraud that permeated Houston’s schools data when Rod Paige was assembling the phony success record that made him Secretary of Education, suspicion seems appropriate.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com