Next CURE seminar: Dr. Michael Hayes, Friday, Dec. 7

This talk will present new findings on the unintended consequences of the New Jersey Superintendent Salary Cap (NJSSC). Starting in 2011, New Jersey set a salary cap for all future superintendent contracts based on student enrollment. This is one of the first state-imposed tax and expenditure limitations (TELs) placed directly on local public managers. The salary cap caused large reductions in base salaries for future superintendent contracts in the majority of NJ school districts. Using a difference-in-difference estimation strategy, the current study estimates the effect of NJSSC on superintendent turnover following the 2010-11 school year. Specifically, this study finds that an additional $10,000 reduction in base salary due to the NJSSC corresponds to a 4.0 percentage point increase in the likelihood of superintendent turnover for school districts with an expiring contract relative to those school districts without an expiring contract. Additionally, this study finds this increase in the likelihood of superintendent turnover following the enactment of NJSSC was largest for the least affluent school districts in New Jersey.

Michael Hayes

Dr. Michael S. Hayes received his PhD in Public Administration & Policy from the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research interests include public budgeting & finance, K-12 education finance, summer learning loss, value-added models, and state and local tax policy. He has been honored with the Emerging Scholars Award by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration. His research has been published in various academic journals including the American Journal of EducationEconomic LettersEducational PolicyJournal of Economic Geography, and Public Budgeting & Finance. He also has been interviewed and cited in numerous media outlets including The Brookings InstituteChalkbeatEducation WeekPolitico, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street JournalProfessor Hayes teaches Quantitative Methods, Foundations of Policy Analysis, and Financial Management of Public Programs.

 

Jargowsky and Hayes awarded $8,500 to study zoning’s contribution to school segregation in California

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley and the Center for California Real Estate (CCRE) have launched a new working paper series commissioning national experts to answer a range of relevant research and policy questions using a rich new data resource from a local land use and housing survey the Terner Center has been fielding in California over the past year. 

Jargowsky and Hayes’ proposed research entitled, Exclusionary Zoning Policies and School Segregation will employ the data from the Terner Residential Land Use Survey and the Stanford Education Data Archive to examine the contribution of zoning and other land use policies to school segregation in California, estimating models to address the following questions:

 How much of the variation in racial segregation within and between California school districts can be explained by restrictive land use policies?

 How much of the variation in income segregation within and between California school districts can be explained by restrictive land use policies?

Public Affairs Alumni and Current Students Publish a Book on Community Development

Ashley Nickles and Jason River's book

In April 2018, two graduates of the Department of Public Policy and Administration’s public affairs doctoral program, Ashley E. Nickels, GSC ’16, and Jason D. Rivera, GSC ’16, published an edited volume titled Community Development and Public Administration Theory: Promoting Democratic Principles to Improve Communities.  Nickels and Rivera not only edited the volume, but also wrote articles featured in the book: Nickels, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Kent State University, co-authored the article “Calling for Community Control: Local Organizing and Implications for Community Development Policy;” while Rivera, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York-Buffalo State, co-wrote “The Impact of Microfinance Programs on Political Participation: A Study of Rural Indian Women.” 

 

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