Kentucky school superintendent gets it: Improving education comes first in the fight on poverty

Some educators have the situation completely backwards. They think we will never improve education until we first eradicate poverty. While that attitude provides a convenient excuse for low educational performance, I think those educators have this exactly backwards. Fortunately, a lot of other educators – those who are interested in performance, not excuses – agree…

Beware editorial blindness

Sometimes, an editor in Kentucky really misses the message. A great case in point is the recent Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro) article, “ACT score gains encouraging” (subscription). The title of the article is OK; the gains Kentucky recently experienced on ACT college entrance test scores are encouraging. However, Kentucky still has a VERY long way to go,…

Kenton County Attorney’s lawsuit involving Tea Party ballot effort tossed ‘with prejudice’

It’s a win for citizens and taxpayers Over a year ago, sharp-eyed researchers from the Tea Party in Northern Kentucky raised serious questions about the continued need for the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC). This zoning and planning commission appears redundant in the one remaining county it now serves and there are even questions…

Brookings Institution: Vouchers improve college going for African-Americans

A new report from the Brookings Institution indicates that vouchers in New York City that allowed African-Americans to attend private schools resulted in increased college attendance at more upscale schools. The study found: “…that using a voucher to attend private school increased the overall college enrollment rate among African Americans by 24 percent.” Interestingly, vouchers…