Tag: NEA

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If we have to listen to the blame aimed at the NRA for the actions of a crazed individual, can’t we point an accusatory finger at the NEA as well? They are the thugs who run the state-enforced monopoly of public schools that are producing these bullied, scared, sick children. It is certainly their fault […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Education Spending and Results: An Idaho Story

 

So does spending more per student improve outcomes in Idaho? In a word, no.

I have a graduate-level background in statistics. I was asked by a local conservative think tank to see whether increased spending on secondary education on Idaho has a meaningful effect on student outcomes. Idaho periodically administers its own ISAT achievement tests to elementary and secondary students. The 10th grade science test from 2014 was the latest set of results that I could obtain with a broad sampling of students with the longest exposure to public schooling. Public schools in Idaho also submit their annual budgetary information on a standardized set of accounts, 2013 was the latest available. I extracted the operating portion of districts’ budgets (educational and overhead expenses) and scaled that by the average daily attendance (ADA) in each district, showing how much was being spent per student.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Arts in 2017

 

Federal arts policy received not a whit of attention from either presidential campaign this year. I’m not surprised. Before I became a curator and museum director, I had a long career in political life. Over many years, I found most people who ran for office or had high-level political jobs singularly unfocused on the arts. Didn’t matter whether they were Republicans or Democrats. The nice surprise was the politico with a passion for art, dance, music, theater, film, or good writing. They do exist, and I enjoy hearing about their interests.

At one point I’ll write about why politics and the arts are a rarefied mix, but in this post I’ll suggest some new thinking the new order can bring specifically to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Some of these ideas can apply to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). I happen to know the NEA best.

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This has been my year for poets. Usually one doesn’t come across poets in one’s day to day life. They’re like actuaries and Feng Shui consultants: you know they’re out there but you don’t expect to see them. But this year U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway spoke at my daughter’s college graduation. Last April I […]

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