After two decades of KERA, federal testing shows that – at best – only one in three Kentucky students is proficient in reading and math.
There has been a sharp increase in education funding in the Bluegrass State since KERA began yet little progress to show for it. In 1990, the state achieved 5.10 NAEP proficiency points for each $1 billion it collected for education. By 2009, that efficiency rating had slipped to only 4.57 proficiency points per each $1…
The Beshear administration is doing a lot of crowing about a new report praising Kentucky state government for its transparency. But it’s much ado about nothing. Click here to read the latest Bluegrass Beacon.
In 2009, Jefferson County’s busing plan destroyed No Child Left Behind accountability in at least 19 schools that were in Tier 1 or higher failure status in 2008. These schools just got a free ride.
Too many Lousiville high schools are “dropout factories” with graduation rates falling below 60 percent.
It’s great to see new groups forming and joining the Bluegrass Institute’s quest for school choice. One of those is Parents for Improving Kentucky Education (PIKE). PIKE member Lauren Morgan notes in a recent Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed: “… the true promise of charter schools is realized when they are generally free from many of the…
Wave $175 million in front of politicians and labor bosses at the Kentucky teachers unions and you’re liable to end up with charter schools. Nothing — not even the powerful teachers unions — can drown out Washington’s cash registers. Amazing, isn’t it?
“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.” — Thomas Jefferson
Despite fearmongering by environmental extremists, nuclear power is safe and cheap. Click here to listen to the 90-second audio commentary.
In 2009, sharp increases occurred in Kentucky schools that failed key student groups.