Although the schools in large urban school districts share a common mission, the resources on which they rely -- dollars, good students, and experienced teachers -- are in short supply. Why are some schools consistent winners in this competition for resources and others consistent losers? This lecture explores the dynamics of resource allocation in the New York City public school system during the Bloomberg administration. The analysis provides insights into how school district practices can amplify the inequalities among schools.
Aaron M. Pallas has devoted the bulk of his career to the study of how schools sort students, especially the relationship between school organization and sorting processes and the linkages among schooling, learning and the human life course. His most recent projects are explicitly designed to inform policymakers and other stakeholders about conditions in New York City public schools.
He has also taught at Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, and Northwestern University, and served as a statistician at the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and an elected member of the Sociological Research Association.