New federal test results show Jefferson County whites lag in reading

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2009 Trial Urban District Assessment for Reading results released this morning, and I have been going through the “Report Card” (NCES 2010-459) of the results. Here is how the district’s fourth grade whites and blacks compared for reading proficiency (percent of students scoring at or above “Proficient” on…

Suit for school choice filed

The News-Journal reports that the Corbin Independent School District has made good on its promise to do what it takes to protect student choice. The district filed suit in court to get its long-standing student transfer agreement with the Knox County Public Schools reinstated. This lawsuit is about protecting the rights of parents to make…

How well do Jefferson County schools serve foster care children?

The short answer to this question is very poorly. Hear exactly how poorly from Jackie Stamps, the Regional Director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department of Community Based Services. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBeqrVKEuGE] Some of the things Ms. Stamps mentions are a depressingly low high school graduation rate for Jefferson County foster care children…

Why schools fail

Video from Kyle Olson Kyle Olson is a vice president at the Education Action Group Foundation. His comments made during the recent Kentucky Education Restoration Alliance’s Education Forum set out some hard realities that sooner or later we simply must face. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMqgXO2_O2A]