Jefferson County Schools could benefit from what is happening in Boston’s charter schools

A new report on the superior performance of Boston’s charter schools got me thinking about a comparison with Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public Schools. Both Boston and Jefferson County are large, city-based school systems, but I honestly thought the student demographics in Boston would give that city a notable advantage over the Louisville area schools in…

Why Charter Schools?

“Millions of students across America,” and thousands right here in Kentucky, “are not getting the education they deserve.” In the new Bluegrass Institute report, “Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning,’ Unrigorous School Accountability for African-American Students?,” we provide dramatic evidence of schools in the Bluegrass State where whites or blacks are being solidly left behind in mathematics. In…

‘Too much of the public education dollars don’t make it to the people who are on the front lines, the classroom teachers’

CN|2’s Ryan Alessi recently interviewed James Comer (R), Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, about budget issues in the now open Kentucky legislative session, and Comer was quick to point to a major push for funding changes in education. However, Comer didn’t call for more revenue. Instead, he pointed out that a lot of our education dollars…

Is Unbridled Learning becoming a bad ride for students?

The final Unbridled Learning accountability classifications for Kentucky’s public schools were released on September 27, 2013. That September release was already very late. Under the score reporting provisions of Senate Bill 1 from the Kentucky 2009 Regular Legislative Session: “Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the reporting requirement in this subsection shall be no later…