Barren Academy continues providing a superior opportunity for digital learning

Students tell Glasgow Daily Times digital learning fit their career plans better The 2011 valedictorian and salutatorian at the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL), Kentucky’s totally on line digital learning high school, recently told the stories of their high school success to the Glasgow Daily Times. BAVEL salutatorian Branson Redford, 18, might…

Administration pressures researchers: Soften report on impacts of new water rules on coal mining jobs

Fox News reports that technical consultants hired to estimate the impact on coal mining jobs from new EPA streams and waterways rules claim the administration put on pressure to ‘soften’ those job-loss estimates. Steve Gardner, president of Kentucky consulting firm ECSI testified before a House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee in Washington on Friday. Gardner claimed…

The Advocate-Messenger: Conferees say Kentucky’s schools have not produced adequate numbers of college and career-ready students

Here is the local newspaper’s ‘take’ on comments from our own Jim Waters and others at the recent Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce 2011 Public Policy Series meeting on education. Writes the Messenger: “Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dave Adkisson, Danville Superintendent Carmen Coleman and Bluegrass Institute for Public…

Kentucky school leaders say review process for teacher discipline is erratic and unpredictable

A group of Kentucky education organizations testified before the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee on November 14, 2011 that the tribunal process to review disciplinary actions against Kentucky teachers and other certified school staff “doesn’t seem to work well.” KERA created the tribunal system, which allows any teacher who is disciplined to request a…

Kentucky gets more unfavorable attention for excluding students from federal tests

This time, its our out of line exclusion of English language learners Questions have already been raised by me and others about Kentucky’s nation-leading exclusion of students with learning disabilities from the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading tests in 2011. Now, Education Week reports that Kentucky is also being spotlighted for abnormally high exclusion…

Are public school teachers underpaid?

Two researchers say definitely not, once you consider fringe benefits There is an interesting article in the November 8, 2011 Wall Street Journal from two researchers at the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. According to Heritage’s Jason Richwine and AEI’s Andrew G. Biggs, once you consider the long summer break that teachers enjoy,…