National Education Association slams Common Core State Standards process

An educational Tsunami took place yesterday when Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association (NEA), published an online letter to his union’s three million members slamming the current direction of the Common Core State Standards. Van Roekel is reacting to overwhelming pushback from his own rank and file union members about the increasingly…

Lawmakers act to protect existing coal-fired power plants from EPA

Even Kentucky’s Democrats recognize that if the EPA implements the same heavy-handed emission standards on existing coal-fired power plants that it already has forced on proposed new operations, our state’s economy will suffer greatly. The House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment passed a bill without opposition today that orders the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet…

Innes to talk about Priority Schools at Louisville 912 meeting

BIPPS’ Richard Innes will discuss education in some of Jefferson County Public Schools most troubled schools and what can be done to improve them. These schools, currently classified as “Priority Schools,” were initially called “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools.” Priority Schools are among the very lowest performing schools in the entire state of Kentucky, and Jefferson County…

Value of Preschool? The debate widens with disturbing evidence from Tennessee

One of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s priorities is to expand availability of preschool programs in the commonwealth. If there was good evidence that preschool really worked, I’d favor that. The sticky problem: persistent evidence from a huge number of studies on the federal Head Start preschool program that any benefits gained disappear by the third…