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The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is an influential New York City-based free market think tank established in 1978. Their self-described mission is to "develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility." The Institute supports and publicizes research on taxes, welfare, crime, the legal system, urban life, race, education and immigration among others.Their message is communicated through books, articles, interviews, speeches, op-ed’s and through the institute's quarterly publication City Journal, targeted at policymakers, politicians, scholars and journalists.View Full Listing
Press Release
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 01/2006.
New York State School District Tax and Spending Proposals, 2005-06 School Year Over 2004-05
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David Schoenbrod. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 08/2005.
David Schoenbrod comments on CFE decision on March 2005.
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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 06/2005.
Transcripts for a conference focusing on whether or not New York State legislature should take CFE decision in their budgeting consideration.
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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 05/2005.
Voter unhappiness with high school spending and property tax hikes in apparently remains stronger in Long Island than in other regions of New York State. Approval rates in Tuesday's budget voting were high in regions where schools seemed more sensitive to taxpayer concerns -- although that rarely meant tax levy increases of less than double the inflation rate.
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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 05/2005.
School districts across New York want to increase their spending at more than twice the rate of inflation, according to the Public Policy Institute's Annual School Tax Watch. And despite a record aid increase of nearly $900 million in the new state budget, proposed school property taxes would rise even faster.
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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 03/2005.
In a wave of judicial decisions, state court judges in the US have decided that they have the power to tell legislatures to spend more on education. That is the result in 20 of the 29 cases decided so far and similar litigation is pending in almost every state. In the latest decision, Judge Leland DeGrasse signed an order on March 15 requiring New York State to increase massively its spending on New York City schools - by Dollars 5.6bn for operatiIn a wave of judicial decisions, state court judges in the US have decided that they have the power to tell legislatures to spend more on education. That is the result in 20 of the 29 cases decided so far and similar litigation is pending in almost every state. In the latest decision, Judge Leland DeGrasse signed an order on March 15 requiring New York State to increase massively its spending on New York City schools - by Dollars 5.6bn for operating expenses plus Dollars 9.2bn for improving facilities, to be phased in over the next five years.
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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 03/2005.
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity decision ordering more than $5 billion a year in additional spending on New York City schools is likely to have little effect on student achievement in the city. Because lack of money is not a primary explanation for the city’s low student performance, additional money by itself will do little to improve the situation.
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Jay P. Greene. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 02/2005.
THE courts may order more than $5 billion a year in added spending on New York City schools — without actually boosting student achievement.
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Sol Stern. New York Sun. 12/2004.
Sol Stern tells how New York City got derailed on the way to school reform
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Sol Stern. City Journal. 11/2004.
The author commented on education budget of Bloomberg administration.
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Court Expert Testimony
Jay P. Greene. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 1/8/2005.
The decision in the CFE lawsuit ordering more than $5 billion in additional spending on New York City Schools is likely to have little effect on student achievement in the city. Lack of money is not a primary explanation for the city’s low student performance, so having additional money by itself will do little to improve the situation.
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Reports and Presentations
Jay P. Greene, Marcus A. Winters & Greg Forster. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 08/2005.
This report shows that New York can reduce special ed costs and enrollment and improve parental satisfaction with the program as part of the bargain—by adopting two simple reforms: changing the formula funding special education from a bounty system to a “lump-sum” system; and implementing a voucher program for children in special education.
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Jay P. Greene (Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research) & Marcus A. Winters (Research Associate, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research). Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 04/2005.
This study evaluates the effect that the size of a state's school districts has on public high school graduation rates.
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Jay P. Greene (Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research) & Marcus A. Winters (Research Associate, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research). Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 02/2005.
This study uses a widely respected method to calculate graduation rates, both nationally and for each state, for each public school graduating class from 1991 to 2002.
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Caroline Hoxby. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 02/2005.
The brief analyzes the impact of charter school on student achievement from a random experiment.
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Jay P. Greene (Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research) & Marcus A. Winters (Research Associate, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research). Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 12/2004.
This study uses individual-level data provided by the Florida Department of Education to evaluate the initial effects of Florida’s policy requiring students to reach a minimum threshold on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to be promoted to the 4th grade.
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Jay P. Greene (Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research) & Greg Forster (Senior Research Associate, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research). Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 09/2004. p. 44.
This report constructs the teachability index and school performance index for all states.
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Raymond Domanico (Senior Education Advisor, Industrial Areas Foundation - Metro New York). Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 07/2004. p. 36.
The paper discusses the ways in which the state fund for Sound Basic Education would achieve its goals.
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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 05/2004. p. 20.
This study uses two highly respected graduation rate calculations to evaluate what effect high school exit exams have on graduation rates.
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Jay P. Greene (Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research) & Marcus A. Winters (Research Associate, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research). Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 05/2004. p. 20.
This study uses two highly respected graduation rate calculations to evaluate what effect high school exit exams have on graduation rates.
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Jay P. Greene (Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research), Marcus A. Winters (Research Associate, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research) & Greg Forster (Senior Research Associate, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research). Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. 02/2003.
This report tackles that important policy issue by comparing schools’ results on high stakes tests with their results on other standardized tests that are not used for accountability purposes, and thus are “low stakes” tests. The report finds that score levels on high stakes tests closely track score levels on other tests, suggesting that high stakes tests provide reliable information on student performance.
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