New federal data exposes serious inflation in Kentucky’s high school graduation rates

A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the US Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) provides disturbing evidence that the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) official estimates of high school graduation rates are not only inflated, but they may also be painting an inaccurate picture of the recent…

Milton Friedman honored today

The Bluegrass Institute honored the late economist Milton Friedman today in an annual event that featured a number of interesting speakers and a panel question and answer session. Here is the keynote address from the Bluegrass Institute’s Vice President for Policy and Communications Jim Waters. Stay tuned for more from this event. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6PujhIp0pM]

Massachusetts’ governor axes school board members who raised questions

Could something similar have happened here? Editors at the Boston Globe are clearly worried about the replacement of two of the Massachusetts Board of Education’s most outspoken critics of the recent decision to drop Massachusetts’ highly regarded education standards. Instead, the state is signing on to the ‘Common Core Standards’ that Kentucky recently adopted. The…