African-American pastors: JCPS means Just Caucasian Pupils Succeed!

Demanding to make the contract negotiations between the teachers’ union and the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) more open to the public, African-American pastors in Louisville have made it very clear – they are totally fed up with the school district’s endemic under-performance for children of color. WDRB 41 Louisville – News, Weather, Sports Community…

Former Massachusetts Senate president recognizes Common Core is a step back for his state

The Boston Globe just ran an interesting Op-Ed from Tom Birmingham, the former head of the Massachusetts Senate. Birmingham discusses the new Common Core State Standards, which have replaced Massachusetts’ former very excellent public school education standards: “I also fear that universal high standards and objective assessments are being jettisoned in favor of a return…

New report: NextGen Science Standards inferior to many states own standards

The new, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) don’t exactly shine in a new, Fordham Institute report on state science standards. Says Fordham, the NGSS are: “…clearly inferior to those of twelve states and the District of Columbia, as well as the NAEP and TIMSS frameworks.” Fordham awarded the NGSS a rather unimpressive “C,” scarcely much…

Innes addresses Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Education Committee on Transparency Problems with Common Core State Standards

BIPPS staff education analyst Richard Innes addressed the Interim Joint Education Committee today on transparency problems with the common core state standards. The text from Innes’ presentation was posted earlier today in another blog, and you can learn still more about these issues and access the documents Innes mentions in the freedomkentucky.org wiki item on…

Dubious Assertion in Next Generation Science Standards

The Kentucky Board of Education voted yesterday to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for use in Kentucky’s public schools without even questioning this particularly problematic part of the package (which was brought to the attention of several board members before the meeting): ESS3.D: Global Climate Change • Human activities, such as the release of…

Jefferson County Teachers’ contract negotiations have started, Part 1

There is no shortage of discussion about this highly restrictive contract I ran into Donna Hargens, the superintendent of the Jefferson County Public School District at yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I wished her well as she starts what could be the most important teacher’s contract negotiation in Jefferson County Schools’ history.…