How does Kentucky’s top-performing magnet high school compare to New Orleans’ top performing CHARTER magnet school?

Answer: Not well There is no question that the DuPont Manual High School in Louisville is Kentucky’s top performing school on the ACT college entrance test. Year after year, Manual’s kids have achieved the very best ACT Composite Score in Kentucky. That’s not so surprising, considering this highly selective magnet school pretty much gets to…

Troops to teachers with gusto

Not here! In California It’s no secret that former members of the US military can make outstanding teachers. After all, when the military isn’t fighting, it’s educating and training. Troops get exposed to some really creative instructional techniques that involve things like technology and higher order thinking skills (essential for battlefield survival) that our schools…

Federal judge slaps Kentucky teachers’ union’s lock on school board races

WAVE-3 TV reports a federal judge has ruled Kentucky’s special interest election law that limited individuals’ contributions to candidates for local school board races is unconstitutional. The law restricted contributions from individuals to $100 while the union could give hundreds of thousands to its chosen candidates. That unbalanced rule gave the state’s teachers’ union a…

Charter schools come in many flavors

One of our frequent, though often misinformed correspondents posted a sweeping comment on a recent blog that: “…charter schools don’t want anything to do with special education, homeless or migrant children.” That is another piece of uninformed, overly generalized opinion such as that frequently pushed by self-interested teachers’ union folks and their fellow travelers. Just…