Legislative confusion

It’s troublesome when legislators “puff up” the performance of Kentucky’s public schools by quoting out of date statistics, trying to make the numbers sound like the most current information available. A recent case in point – yesterday’s commentary in the Union County Advocate from State Representative John Arnold, Jr. Arnold claims that, “We have made…

Legislators and Roundtables discuss school choice in Kentucky

The Roundtable meetings on charter schools and educational options went beautifully yesterday! An added highlight was a chance for the Roundtable briefing team to discuss the issues with 10 legislators in Frankfort. Rep Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) (Partly hidden, left) briefs state legislators during the charter schools discussion in Frankfort Legislators in the picture include: Front…

Fooling with figures

The choirmaster of the KERA Amen Chorus is at it again. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence just released its “Kentucky Schools: Achieving the Top 20 by 2020: An Update.” This little piece is a statistical cornucopia of apples and oranges comparisons. Prichard’s paper starts out by making old news sound like new. It talks…