AUSTIN — Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a report by Center for Education Freedom Director Kent Grusendorf and Policy Analyst Michael Barba, summarizing the school-finance trial expert report of Dr. Terry Moe.
Dr. Terry Moe is a Stanford University professor and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been studying education extensively for the last 30 years and has published numerous books and articles on K-12 education, public sector unions, and politics surrounding both. He issued a report as an expert on school efficiency as a part of the Texas Association of Business, Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education, Joyce Coleman, et.al. efficiency lawsuit portion of the school finance trial.
“School choice reform, including choice, is essential to social and economic mobility. Accordingly, African-American supporters of school choice outnumber their opponents by almost 3-to-1, and among Hispanics, they outnumber them by almost 5-to1,” said Grusendorf. “According to Dr. Moe, the incorporation of technology and/or school choice into education will unleash innovation and allow students to be freed from geography and social class.”
“Dr. Moe’s research shows us that 99% of teachers receive satisfactory evaluations from their superiors, even in schools that he calls ‘demonstrably horrible.’ If we look at a national survey published by Public Agenda, we see that 79% of public school teachers say that they have co-workers who are ‘just going through the motions,’” said Barba. “The most important thing to take away from Dr. Moe’s testimony is that reforms over the last 30 years have not fostered a statewide system of greatness. We must do better.”
To read the full report, visit: http://txpo.li/moe-expert-report
The Honorable Kent Grusendorf, is Director of the Center for Education Freedom at TPPF, he Arlington in the Texas Legislature for twenty years, focusing on education. Serving on the House Public Education Committee and various Select Committees, he played a significant role in crafting legislative responses to the Edgewood I, Edgewood II, Edgewood III, Edgewood IV, and West Orange Cove school-finance court decisions.
Michael Barba is a Policy Analyst at the Center for Education Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.