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Michael Hartney

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Ph.D. Student In the Department o...

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Email: m***@***.edu
Local Address: South Bend, Indiana, United States
University of Notre Dame
P.O. Box 959
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
United States

Company Description: The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located at Notre Dame,...   more

Employment History

  • Researcher
    Notre Dame University

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Milton–Crane Academic Advice Blog, 17 June 2013 [cached]
The authors report that “the persisting achievement gap between White and African American students has distinctively political foundations.†The study, by Michael T. Hartney of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and Patrick Flavin of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, was published online ahead of print in the scholarly research journal American Politics Research.
Flavin's co-researcher was Michael ..., 13 June 2011 [cached]
Flavin's co-researcher was Michael Hartney, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
Contact: Michael ..., 11 Aug 2007 [cached]
Contact: Michael HartneyEducation Division
National Governors Association, 24 June 2008 [cached]
Michael Hartney, NGA's Center Liaison to West Virginia
"I certainly wouldn't say that this ... [cached]
"I certainly wouldn't say that this report portrays school boards as a panacea," said Michael Hartney, a researcher at Notre Dame University and one of the coauthors of the study, which was released earlier this month. But, on the margins, he said, there is solid evidence that school boards can make a difference. Electing moderates Some of the findings were quite surprising. It matters, for example, when elections are held. Holding elections at the same time as state and national-level elections, the authors found, correlates to standardized student proficiency test scores 2.4 points higher than a comparable district that has off-cycle elections. The likely explanation, said Hartney, is that "off cycle" elections pull in fewer voters, and can often be swung by the intense commitment of a small number of people. This lends itself to ideological extremists on both the right and the left, who then squeeze out moderates in the middle. But it is moderates on school boards who are more likely to focus on student achievement and to have a better understanding of the district's real needs. "When you ask a board member what the biggest priority in the district is," Hartney said, "we found that political moderates were more likely to provide an answer that reflected real conditions on the ground.
The researchers are not really sure, Hartney acknowledges, whether they are looking at cause or effect. They know that board members in high performing districts focus on student achievement. The report also found that when board members were professionalized, underwent professional training and in some cases even earned a salary, students performed better. But a community that is already focused on student achievement may be more likely to elect like-minded board members. Hartney acknowledges that a board member's academic focus and the board's professionalization may not cause educational outcomes.
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