New Working Paper: Does the Structure and Composition of the Board Matter? The case of Nonprofit Organizations
Katherine O'Regan and Sharon Oster (Yale Management School) use data collected with the New York City Comptroller's Office to present empirical results of the effects of board structure and composition on individual board level performance for nonprofit contractors. They are able to examine in relatively fine, micro detail, the way in which individual board member behavior is influenced by board structure, the strength of the chief executive of the organization, and individual demographics.
Norm Fruchter Pens Gotham Gazette Education EditorialIn an editorial prompted by the first meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy - the body that replaced the Board of Education - Norm Fruchter argues that the city must do more to prepare its teachers.
Joseph Viteritti Speaks on Rise of Minorities on College CampusesThe New York Times quoted Joseph Viteritti regarding a study by the American Council on Education which found that the number of minority students attending American colleges and universities jumped 48 percent in the 1990's.
Weitzman/Mijanovich Pen New York Times Letter to EditorBeth Weitzman and Tod Mijanovich had a letter to the editor regarding school safety appear in the New York Times today.
Kevin Kosar served as a peer-reviewer for the US Dept of Education's Teaching American History Grant programKevin R. Kosar, a lecturer in public administration at Wagner, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve as a peer-reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education. Kosar chaired one of the panels that reviewed applications for the The Teaching American History Grant program (TAHG), which is offering $100 million in aid to American schools.
New Working Paper: School Performance and Resource Use: The Role of Districts in New York CityThis paper by Patrice Iatarola, Leanna Stiefel, and Amy Ellen Schwartz examines the role of school sub-city districts in determining the performance/efficiency of their member schools. The results suggest that districts 'matter' to school performance, even when they have no revenue raising responsibility.
New Working Paper: Intradistrict Equity of Public Education Resources and PerformanceLeanna Stiefel and Patrice Iatarola's "Intradistrict Equity of Public Education Resources and Performance" will be published in the April 2003 edition of Economics of Education Review.
Joseph Viteritti discusses the continuing political debate over school vouchersJoseph Viteritti talks about the continuing political debate in a New York Times article, "Vouchers: A Shift But Just How Big?"
Jospeph Viteritti on the NYC School Chancellor SearchThe New York Times quoted NYU Wagner research professor Joseph Viteritti's opinion on the search for a new New York City public school's chancellor in the article, "Short List for the School Chancellor's Post is Actually Rather Long.
Joseph Viteritti discusses the prospects for vouchers in urban school systemsThe New York Times quotes Viteritti about the prospects for vouchers in urban school systems in an article, "Best Chances For Vouchers Lie in the Cities."
Joseph Viteritti discusses the future of public educationViteritti discusses the future of public education in a New York Times article, "Chock Full of Choice; Alternatives to Neighborhood School Are Vaster Than Ever. Is That Good?"
The Center for Excellence in New York City Governance Sponsored a Get on the Ballot SeminarThe Center for Excellence in New York City Governance sponsored a seminar on June 3rd entitled "How to Get on the Ballot--and Stay on the Ballot," featuring election attorney Jerry Goldfeder. The session was designed for aspiring candidates and their staffs.
Summer School Draws More CriticsThe New York Times quoted NYU Wagner professor Joseph P. Viteritti.
Prof. Jacobson wins “Idea Prize”
Assistant Professor David Jacobson won an "Idea Prize" from the Koerber Foundation, which is based in Hamburg, Germany. The foundation's "USable" competition honors ideas related to civic engagement that can be implemented in Germany. Professor Jacobson won for his proposal, "Creating Stakeholder Learning Collaboratives in Germany," which outlines a new approach to education reform and workforce development. The Koerber Foundation will help Professor Jacobson promote his approach in Germany, beginning at an awards ceremony and conference in Potsdam this June.
Professor Stiefel gives Presidential Address at American Education Finance Association
Professor Leanna Stiefel completed her year as president of the American Education Finance Association, with delivery of the presidential address at the AEFA’s annual research conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March. She traced the intellectual history of the organization, pointing out several areas that needed more attention at the conferences, including the federal role in school finance and the financial implications and consequences of school racial segregation in the U.S. At the conference, Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz, presented a paper on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court case co-authored with Wagner’s former Dean Robert Berne and Professor Stiefel. Also presenting papers were Wagner PhD’s Patrice Iatarola, Ross Rubenstein, and Michele Moser and Wagner doctoral students Hella Bel Hadj Amor, Dae Yeop Kim and Carole Portas.
Voters Often Got Wrong Answers, Study SaysA survey of the city's voting operations found that in last November's municipal election, many poll workers gave inaccurate information to voters and that there were significant differences in how well procedures were followed from borough to borough.
Leadership for a Changing World program Hits the Road
Associate Professor Sonia Ospina and her colleagues on the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World (LCW) Research and Documentation project hit the road this semester to conduct in-depth interviews in 20 LCW awardee communities. Joining her in this work are Bethany Godsoe, MPA ’01, Associate Project Director for LCW, Jennifer Dodge, Wagner PhD candidate and Research Assistant for LCW, and David Gomez, also a Wagner PhD candidate. The interviews take an appreciative approach to narrative inquiry and are aimed at discovering how these communities engage in the work of leadership. Based on these interviews the LCW team will develop a leadership story for each program awardee. The stories will be part of a national communications effort to broaden the conversation about leadership across the country.
Professor Ellen Schall, Professor Ospina, and Bethany Godsoe were guest speakers at the William Alanson White Institute program in December 2001 in Organizational Development and Consultation study group. They shared their approach to leadership based on their work with Leadership for a Changing World. Also, in December, Sonia Ospina made a presentation to the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation that shared both the theoretical approach to leadership and the methods she and her colleagues are using for Leadership for a Changing World.
NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, directed by Wagner-affiliated faculty member Professor Norm Fruchter, completed a five-year study of the New York City Annenberg Challenge education reform project, the New York Networks for School Renewal (NYNSR). The study found that the NYNSR schools, which are smaller, more personalized learning environments, achieved improved academic performance for a diverse population of students within the existing bureaucratic structures.
New Book: Who Makes Good Citizens? Probes Schools' RoleMAKING GOOD CITIZENS: Education and Civil Society, edited by Diane Ravitch and Joseph P. Viteritti (Yale University Press 2001) brings together distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines to probe the relation between education and a healthy democracy. Their original and provocative discussions cut across a range of important topics: the cultivation of democratic values, the formation of social capital in schools and communities, political conflict in a pluralist society, the place of religion in public life, the enduring problems of racial inequality.