SchoolFinance101, where have you been all my life? Start with Some statistical context for Central Falls and take a troll through the archives for instant classics like Why do states with the “best” data systems have the worst schools? You'll be glad you did!
Also for more RI school reform analysis, check out Bottom Up Education. I'm not sure who the author is, but with a handle like "antiarne," you know where he or she is coming from.